Uses of the Anticoagulant Heparin

An accomplished researcher and clinician, vascular surgeon Rakesh Wahi, MD, has conducted extensive research into the uses and effects of heparin as an anticoagulant. Dr. Rakesh Wahi has published his findings in such journals as International Angiology and Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis.

Developed to prevent blood clots in patients who are particularly susceptible to such events, heparin works as an anticoagulant to thin the blood. It is suitable for use in the arteries, veins, or lungs, and is an injectable medication. One may directly inject it into the vessel or under the skin; it is not appropriate for injection directly into the muscle.

Frequently used following surgery or during blood transfusions, it may also help to reduce the risk of thrombosis in immobilized patients. It works by improving the effectiveness of anti-clotting proteins in the blood and thus may cause bleeding episodes in certain patients or if used in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or certain other medications. Only a health care practitioner or patient trained by a practitioner should inject the medication, and all injections should occur at the proper doses and in full compliance with directions on the medication labeling.


An Introduction to Deep Vein Thrombosis

Dr. Rakesh Wahi, director of research at the Center for Vascular Medicine in Greenbelt, Maryland, also serves as consultant to the Loyola University Thrombosis Research Group. Rakesh Wahi, MD, has also published articles on deep vein thrombosis in such publications as Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis.

A serious and potentially life-threatening condition, deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep within the body. Clots in these veins are particularly dangerous because they can easily break away from their sources and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs. There, they can lead to a blockage of blood flow known as a pulmonary embolism.

Deep vein thrombosis is most common in the veins of the calf and thigh. They most often occur when the patient is inactive for a long period of time, whether due to medical incapacity or a forced and prolonged sedentary period such as a long plane flight. Patients most often notice a deep vein thrombosis when it causes the leg to become achy, tender, or swollen. The affected leg may also feel tender to the touch or exhibit redness, though smaller clots may be asymptomatic and only present a problem after they travel to the lungs and cause embolism.

Medical Specialists – Thoracic Surgeons

In his capacity as staff surgeon at Charleston Area Medical Center, Rakesh Wahi, MD, performs thoracic surgery. After obtaining his MD, Dr. Rakesh Wahi completed his residency in general surgery followed by a fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Once finished with his post-doctoral training, he became a thoracic surgeon, capable of performing operations on organ systems located in the chest.

Some thoracic surgeons choose to focus on particular parts of the body, such as the heart and lungs, while others maintain a more general practice. In terms of specific diseases, thoracic surgeons often carry out procedures that treat a range of conditions, including life-threatening illnesses like coronary artery disease and esophageal cancer.

When first seeing a patient, thoracic surgeons perform a careful examination and go over medical history and diagnostically relevant materials such as CT scans and lab reports. After that, they may make recommendations regarding the need for surgery or other treatment methods.