Current Atherosclerosis Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 140–147

Low molecular weight heparin and atherosclerosis


  • Dan Hunt
    • Section of General Internal MedicineBen Taub General Hospital

DOI: 10.1007/s11883-004-0103-9

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Hunt, D. Curr Atheroscler Rep (2004) 6: 140. doi:10.1007/s11883-004-0103-9


Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) has dramatically impacted the treatment of venous thromboembolic disease and acute coronary syndromes. Recent studies help define the role of these agents for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions and for patients treated with thrombolytic agents for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Recent studies also suggest potential usefulness of LMWH for patients with peripheral vascular disease and its limits of utility in stroke. This review summarizes the evidence about the use of LMWH in these clinical situations.

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