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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Heparin

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Question: Can you find any information warning about concurrent infusion of heparin sodium and nitroglycerin through the same IV line, peripheral or central?

Answer: Sorry, not my field but not usually done.

Question: Is heparin made by the kidney?

Answer: Heparin is a powerful anticoagulant which was discovered in 1916 and isolated in 1922 by McLean and Howell respectively. Heparin is found in mast cells for the body. Comercially, it is isolated from pig intestine or cow lung, although it is present in all the organs of the body which contain the mast cells (including the kidney).

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