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I'm pregnant with chest pain and shortness of breath. I will not have a chest CT angiogram. Will the Drs just put me on heparin without me havin ct?

I'm pregnant with chest pain and shortness of breath. I will not have a chest CT angiogram. Will the Drs just put me on heparin without me havin ct?

Discuss with doctor: How far along are you in your pregnancy? Abdomen can be shielded to minimize exposure to the fetus. It is not feasible to advise without knowing more about your health. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How safe is heparin during pregnancy?

How safe is heparin during pregnancy?

Requires care: Heparin, a blood thinner, can cause serious bleeding problems. While complications are rare, when they happen, they can be severe. Using Heparin requires expert care. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take heparin in pregnancy?

Is it safe to take heparin in pregnancy?

Yes: Heparin, a blood thinner, is used in pregnancy for a number of different conditions. There is unfractionated Heparin and low-molecular weight heparin(lmwh). Both are given as shots. Neither cross the placenta and do not have any affect on the fetus. Unfractionated Heparin requires more monitoring than lmwh. The blood thinner to avoid in pregnancy is Coumadin (warfarin) which can cause birth defects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to switch clexane for heparin? Pregnancy

Clexane: Clexane (known as Lovenox in the U.S.) is the brand name for enoxaparin. This medication is commonly used during pregnancy. Some doctors will switch back to unfractionated Heparin close to delivery since Heparin has a completely effective antidote, while enoxaparin's antidote is less reliable. Obviously, the OB doesn't want anyone to bleed excessively during delivery. ...Read more

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What are the risks in taking lovenox (enoxaparin) /heparin during pregnancy? What if baby aspirin is taken as well?

What are the risks in taking lovenox (enoxaparin) /heparin during pregnancy? What if baby aspirin is taken as well?

Heparin: Plain Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) (lmw heparin) can both cause easy bruising and bleeding, even hemorrhage, decrease in normal platelet numbers, bone thinning - scary stuff - but usually are very safe. The trick is never to use them without a clear benefit to outweigh the risks, and always monitored under a specialist care. ...Read more

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If you have a blood clotting disorder- IgM aside from taking baby aspirin, do you get heparin before or just during pregnancy?

More info needed: Issues about coagulation and anticoagulation in pregnancy cannot be answered with the amount of information supplied. I'm not sure if "igm" is referring to igm lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia) or something else. In general -- in many coagulation issues in pregnancy low molecular weight Heparin (lmwh) is used with close anti-xa monitoring. ...Read more

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3 miscarriages and a&c mthfr should I be on lovenox (enoxaparin) or heparin on next pregnancy ?

3 miscarriages and a&c mthfr should I be on lovenox (enoxaparin) or heparin on next pregnancy
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Discuss with doctor: Not sure what a&c means. Mthfr mutation is very weakly associated with miscarriage. If you are heterozygous then blood thinning medicines are not indicated. If you are homozygous then possibly. Ask about a fasting homocystine test. Your age of 41 is also a risk factor for miscarriage. ...Read more

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Can switching to warfarin from heparin before knowing I was pregnant cause high risk pregnancy?

Warfarin: Warfarin is a drug you shouldn't be using during pregnancy. Heparin is safer because it doesn't cross the placenta and affect the fetus. But why do you need these anticoagulants? That cause may increase the risks of pregnancy and put you into a high risk group. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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For pregnancy for someone with history of uedvt...What is diff b/w heparin and lovenox (enoxaparin)? Why would one also be on baby aspirin?

Heparins, etc: Unfractionated Heparin (UFH) can be given IV or sq (as prophylaxis) and was used historically and is used now especially if want to turn on/off and be able to reverse it (w/ protamine). Enoxaparin (lovenox) is a low molecular weight Heparin (lmwh) that can be given subcutaneously (sq) for prophylaxis or treatment. Aspirin is used more to prevent arterial (mi, tia, stroke) not venous clots. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Heparin (Definition)

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