Part 2: Ischemic Stroke: Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention
Matthew Brandon Maas, MD, and Joseph E. Safdieh, MD
Dr. Maas is a fellow in Stroke and Neurocritical Care, Harvard Medical School, Departments of Neurology, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Womens Hospitals, Boston, MA. Dr. Safdieh is an assistant professor of neurology, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.
Due to thrombocytopenia, the patient does not receive intravenous tPA. Because no large proximal vessel occlusions are identified on CT angiography, revascularization interventions are not pursued. MRI is performed, which shows a DWI hyperintense lesion of relatively small volume in the posterior limb of the internal capsule and posterior corona radiata. The patient is admitted for further evaluation and management. The ECG abnormalities are pursued by drawing a repeat panel of cardiac enzymes, which are reported as elevated. The patient is seen by a cardiologist, who emphasizes the need for antithrombotic therapy.
Which of the following statements regarding heparin therapy is most accurate?