... Heparin is an anticoagulant, sometimes called a blood thinner. However, heparin does not thin the blood or dissolve clots that have already formed. Instead, heparin prevents clot formation and stops clots from getting bigger. Heparin helps to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or the heart, and to prevent clotting during open-heart surgery, dialysis, or in very sick patients who stay in bed. Generic heparin injections are available. ...
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