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Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Heparin (Overview)

Heparin is a drug that thins the blood to prevents clots in blood vessels. It is given by intravenous line and requires close monitoring in the hospital.


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What is heparin-induced thrombocytopenia type 2?

What is heparin-induced thrombocytopenia type 2?

A serious illness: A small number of patients taking Heparin develop an antibody that activates platelets and induces consumption of platelets and bleeding disorder. See below: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2937296/.

Dr. Steven Ajluni
1,285 Doctors shared insights

Heparin (Overview)

Heparin is a drug that thins the blood to prevents clots in blood vessels. It is given by intravenous line and requires close monitoring in the hospital.


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What will happen if heparin gets on your skin?

What will happen if heparin gets on your skin?

Nothing: Heparin is an IV drug so it does not have any topical effects noted. Just to be safe, wipe it off skin as quickly as possible.

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The patient I'm caring for has rapid atrial fibrillation and dyspnea-- why is she being prescribed heparin?

The patient I'm caring for has rapid atrial fibrillation and dyspnea-- why is she being prescribed heparin?

Afib and Heparin: Afib is a dis-coordinated, chaotic heart rhythm where the heart can not effectively move blood the way it should. When blood sits stagnant it can clot. The Heparin helps prevent the stagnant blood from clotting to avoid a clot, or "thrombus", being sent to the brain or lungs where it may cause a stroke or pe.

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How is low molecular weight heparin used?

Low molecular weith: Heparin is used as an anticoagulant. In low doses the intent is to prevent clotting. In full dose it is used to treat an established clot. If is given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin.

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For uedvt, is warfarin the only option? I've heard of some new ones...Pradaxa? Also, is heparin and lmwh as effective as these pill forms?

UEDVT: There are new drugs, pradaxa, rivaroxaban and apixaban which are approved for ledvt, they could be tried for ue. I haven't seen any ue studies with them. Heparin forms are effective.

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How does heparin work to assist conception?

This is a myth: There is a lot of misinformation about Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) out there. These are injectable blood thinners that can be helpful for women with recurrent miscarriage due to anti phospholipid syndrome - a type of lupus. It is currently not recommended for infertility or for recurrent miscarriage unless you have anti phospholipid syndrome. This is a new acog recommendation just this year.

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Is it safe to take heparin while pregnant?

Is it safe to take heparin while pregnant?

Yes: A blood thinner like Heparin is required to treat some conditions like blood clots, which can be life-threatening. It can increase bleeding so it is very important that women with these conditions see an expert (eg, perinatologist or hematologist), have an accurate diagnosis and discussion of risks and benefits of anticoagulation to mom & baby, have monitoring of their condition through pregnancy.

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What are the side effects of heparin?

Effects of heparin: In the short term, Heparin can cause bleeding and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (a dangerous allergic reaction causing low platelets and blood clots). Taken for long periods, it can cause hair loss and weakened bones (osteoporosis).

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Is 2000ml of normal saline too much fluid over 8 hrs? And when u flush the line with heparin is that going into my system?

Is 2000ml of normal saline too much fluid over 8 hrs? And when u flush the line with heparin is that going into my system?

IV Hydration: No and yes. This is a safe amount of fluid as long as you do not have renal failure. The Heparin does go into your vein. But, this medication does not last long. It dissolves very rapidly and is not thought to be of any danger in such a small dose.

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My wife is 14 wk pregnant with antithrombin 3 deficiency. Wht risk factors are attached and how long? We hv been adviced for low molecular heparin inj.

It sounds like: You re getting good advice and this is a complicated set of circumstances. Work with your OB team to manage everything carefully.

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Which type of specialist would I see if I've had 2uedvts and want to get pregnant? On warfarin for life, need prescription for heparin.

Which type of specialist would I see if I've had 2uedvts and want to get pregnant? On warfarin for life, need prescription for heparin.

A perinatalogist.: A perinatalogist takes care of women with very high risk pregnancies which is what yours would be. You also want the doctor taking care of your warfarin involved. It would be helpful to do a consult visit with a perinatalogist prior to pregnancy to make sure you are informed of the risks and have a plan in place for when you get pregnant. Good luck.

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Can someone mix heparin and dobutamine hci?

Heparin dobutamine: Not in the same bag for IV delivery. They can be given simultaneously iv.

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How many of you are on the mini heparin shots in hospital and have had complications?

Purpose of question?: Heparin (unfractionated, ufh, or low molecular weight, lmwh) helps prevent blood clots (venous thromboembolisms, vte) such as dvts and pes. Increased use of vte prophylaxis is a quality metric for many hospitals. Ufh and lmwh can increase bleeding and bruising. However, in moderate to high risk patients the risk/benefit profile is favorable. Each md/patient needs to indvidualize of course...

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What is the heparin?

Heparin: Is a naturally occurring anticoagulant produced by basophils and mast cells. In therapeutic doses it prevents the formation and extension of blood clots. It allows the body's natural clot dissolving mechanisms to work normally to break down clots. It is used when heart attack is imminent (acute coronary syndrome), deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, in heart surgery, to prevent stroke in A fib

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What are normal heparin levels?

Zero: Heparin is not a normal constituent of blood. Even when Heparin is administered for therapeutic purposes, its effect is measured by testing for activated thromboplastin time (appt), not Heparin levels.

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How are heparin injections given?

Subq: Most Heparin injections are administered subcutaneously or intravenously.

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How is low molecular weight heparin used?

Low molecular weith: Heparin is used as an anticoagulant. In low doses the intent is to prevent clotting. In full dose it is used to treat an established clot. If is given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin.