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Emergency Medical Minute


Feb 27, 2019

Author: Don Stader, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Recent study demonstrated patients with non-STEMI treated with heparin had no difference in survival, but had an increased risk of major bleeding
  • Heparin may be an outdated medication in the era of dual anti-platelet therapy and PCI
  • Heparin may fall to the wayside like other former treatments for ACS such as morphine, oxygen and nitroglycerin as far as mortality benefit



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Summarized by Travis Barlock, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD