Is a standard regime for anticoagulation with heparin in unstable angina adequate?
M Duffy, AM Kelly, S Bau, P Rosengarten
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine | Published : 1997
AIM: To establish the proportion of patients with unstable angina in whom adequate anticoagulation is achieved using a standard regime of intravenous heparin. METHOD: A prospective series of 108 Emergency Department attendees over a six-month period with a clinical diagnosis of unstable angina for whom anticoagulation with heparin was prescribed were included in the study. The standard regime was a 5000 unit bolus followed by an intravenous infusion of 1000 units per hour (1200 units if the patient's weight was greater than 80 kg), with subsequent adjustments being made by reference to a nomogram. The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) was measured at six and 12 hours after treatme..View full abstract