Heparin: Mechanism of Action


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Which of the following properties of heparin allow it to bind to its target protein?

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1. Which of the following situations may require heparin as a medical intervention?

2. Which of the following explains why heparin is able to prevent activation of fibrinogen to fibrin?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet set to see if you know how the drug heparin works. You will be asked about the chemical mechanism of heparin and how it is used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll make sure you know about:

  • The reason heparin can stop the activation of fibrinogen to fibrin
  • Medical conditions for which heparin may be used
  • The properties of heparin

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the inactivation of thrombin and blood clot prevention
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding conditions that can be treated using heparin as an intervention
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the mechanisms of action of heparin for different treatment uses and goals

Additional Learning

If you would like to find out more about this medication, review the lesson titled Heparin: Mechanism of Action. New information explored includes:

  • The administration method for heparin
  • Zymogen proteins
  • What occurs during the coagulation cascade