Heparin is a blood thinner in which it activates a blood clotting antagonist (antithrombin III). Heparin is produced by the body itself, v. A. in the liver, lungs and small intestine. The conventional heparin preparations are obtained from animals.
No, the device for self-measurement of blood coagulation values is only suitable if you take coagulant from the group of coumarin derivatives as tablets.
Although rare, there are people who can not tolerate heparin. Possible is the appearance of skin or blood picture changes (reduced number of platelets, thrombocytopenia).
Most pregnant women can naturally deliver their child despite the anticoagulant therapy. A Heparin treatment is therefore not a general need for a caesarean section.
Is it also permissible to put on a PDA (epidural anesthetic) for labor pains if heparin is used to dilute the blood?
Yes, but this requires a planned approach. Because a certain amount of time has passed between the placement of the catheter for the PDA and the last heparin injection.