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What should the elderly known about taking heparin?

Heparin, which prevents the formation and growth of blood clots, is generally safe for elderly people to take, but there are some important considerations. The chance of bleeding may be greater for people over 60. Those who have had major surgery, ulcers or bleeding disorders such as hemophilia need to be careful when taking heparin. Studies suggest that older men and women should take lower doses of heparin.