1. How long will I have to receive heparin treatment?
Heparin therapy is usually used for short periods of time to help treat and prevent inappropriate clotting. When long-term anticoagulation is required, other drug therapies such as warfarin are usually used. An exception to this is during pregnancy, when heparin is the preferred anticoagulant, but the need for heparin therapy in this case typically ends around the time of delivery. After delivery, if continued anticoagulation therapy is needed, a doctor may consider warfarin or a low molecular weight heparin such as enoxaparin.
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