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Doctor insights on: What Will Happen If Heparin Gets On Your Skin

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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


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Do you bleed to death if your heparin gets overdosed by injection?

Do you bleed to death if your heparin gets overdosed by injection?

Heparin overdose: Although Heparin can cause bleeding (if given appropriately or not), available treatments such as infusion of its antidote (protamine) and plamsa transfusion can usually prevent life-threatening complications. ...Read more

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What happens if heparin affects the formation of thrombin then why pt is not prolonged?

Two pathway measures: The PT can be with VERY HIGH doses of heparin but generally remember our coagulation system has two primary enzymatic pathways measured differently in the lab 1. Intrinsic system :measured by aPTT (activatted partial thromboplastin time) and prolonged by heparin and 2. Extrinsic system: measured by PT (prothrombin time) and prolonged by coumadin.They then converge at the final common pathway. ...Read more

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How long does lmwh or heparin stay in the system for? I had a dose based on my bodyweight 84kg as they couldn't scan me overnight.

It depends on...: It depends on the way it was given. regular heparin is given IV and has a short stay in blood. When these are given under the skin(SubQ), they are present int he body for 24 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How are heparin injections given?

Subq: Most Heparin injections are administered subcutaneously or intravenously. ...Read more

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What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

Low molecular weight: 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. ...Read more