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Heparin in the Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis after Myocardial Infarction

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 20 May 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:436
  1. Anthony J. Handley,
  2. Peter A. Emerson,
  3. P. R. Fleming


    A trial of continuous intravenous heparin in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis was undertaken in 48 patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction. Of the 24 control patients who did not receive heparin seven (29%) developed calf vein thrombosis as detected by the radioactive fibrinogen technique. None of the 24 heparinized patients had any evidence of venous thrombosis. This difference is significant at the 1% level.