Heparin sodium is widely used as an injectable anticoagulant but can also be used to form an inner anticoagulant surface on various experimental and medical devices such as test tubes and renal dialysis machines.
Pharmaceutical-grade heparin is derived from porcine or bovine intestinal tissue. Heparin acts as an anticoagulant, preventing the formation of clots and extension of existing clots within the blood. Heparin and its low molecular weight derivatives (e.g. enoxaparin, fraxiparin, dalteparin and tinzaparin) are effective at preventing deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli in patients at risk.
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