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

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. Read more...