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.

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