Heparin is the body's natural anticoagulant.
There are two forms: normal Unfractionated Heparin [UFH](cheap) and Low
Molecular Weight Heparin [LMWH] (expensive).
- "Compared to standard heparin, low molecular weight heparins have superior
bioavailability, a longer half-life, and a dose-independent clearance, which
results in a more predictable anticoagulant response"
- LMWH is the preferred item for children
- Reduces prothrombin fragments 1 and 2
- Reduce thrombin-antithrombin complex
- Increase in Protien C
- Reduced endogenous thrombin potential
- Osteoporosis and thrombocytopenia with UFH
- Osteoporosis and thrombocytopenia are rare LMWH
- May increase fibrinogen
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