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How is heparin used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Heparin is a blood thinning medication that's often use to treat DVT, a blood clot in a deep vein. In the hospital, your doctor may give you a shot of heparin at first. You may have to keep taking shots at home, once or twice daily. When you take heparin intravenously, you'll likely also need blood tests.

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Tovey, C. , 2003. BMJ

WebMD Medical Reference from EMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

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