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i was just discharged from the hospital after blood clots in both lungs, what is the heparin iv for?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Heparin....: Once you are discharged you will be taking low molecular weight heparin (this is given as a shot). There are a number of brands available in the US and overseas. The idea is to provide you with immediate anticoagulation (blood thinner) while you are waiting for the oral blood thinner (warfarin/Coumadin) to have effect. You may be on shots up to 1 week after you are discharged.
Answered on Nov 30, 2014
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Dr. David Fertel
35 years experience Vascular Surgery
To thin you blood: To thin your blood to keep the clots from progressing.
Answered on Mar 21, 2013
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Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Usually followed by warfarin for a least 6 months. Presuming some DVT in leg? If other coagulopathies may need therapy for life.
Mar 21, 2013
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
26 years experience Medical Oncology
It is used to prevent the blogs clots from sticking in to the lungs even more and to prevent new clots from occurring
Mar 20, 2013

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