Amanda F.

asked • 02/15/21

Pharmacology/Pathophysiology Question

A new mother is admitted to the intensive care unit and started on low-molecular-weight heparin and warfarin. She is told that she will be discharged in a day or two and will remain on the heparin for 5 days and the warfarin for at least 3 months.  

  1. What are the actions of heparin and warfarin? 
  2. Why is heparin administered for 5 days during the initiation of warfarin treatment? 
  3. Anticoagulation with heparin and warfarin is not a definitive treatment for clot removal in pulmonary embolism, but a form of secondary prevention. Explain.   

1 Expert Answer


Amanda F.

That helped a lot. Thanks for such a thorough reply, I appreciate it! :)


Zachary T.

Anytime, let me know if I can be of further assistance. :)


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