Bedside monitoring of heparin therapy: comparison of activated clotting time to activated partial thromboplastin time.

Abstract

Heparin anticoagulation is utilized during and after interventional cardiac catheterization procedures to reduce the risk of acute thrombotic coronary artery occlusion. The short half-life of heparin, the importance of maintaining therapeutic anticoagulation, and the time delay inherent in the processing and retrieval of the activated partial thromboplastin… (More)

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