Hi Bob, heard you had to start taking an anticoagulant after your heart attack, which one did the doctor put you on Heparin or Warfarin?
Oh yeah, he put me on Heparin. I'm not really sure how it works.
Heparin works by preventing the formations of thrombus or clots from forming in the blood stream. It also works by inactivating thrombin in the clotting process. That stops the formation of fibrin and so then stops clots from forming.
Ah, that's right. It's also used to treat angina and AFIB as well.
I am supposed to inject the medication in my stomach, about 2 inches away from by bellybutton. I can also administer it in the outer portion of my thigh. Just have to remember to rotate sites!
Did the doctor review some side effects with you?
Yes, some of the side effects are bleeding at the injection site, bruising, anemia, fever and spontaneous bleeding.
How about the adverse effects and what to report to him?
I also have to have my PTT times monitored. I have to report excessive bruising and bleeding. I use a soft toothbrush and an electric shaver to minimize cuts and bleeding.
Oh yes, some of the adverse effects are things like bleeding, hematoma, anemia,and thrombocytopenia
Wow, sure sounds like you're informed on your medication now Bob. Hope to see you around more often now that you're feeling better.
Yeah Karen, thanks for helping me understand it better. I'll see you around.