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Lisa K. Moores, MD
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Affiliations: Bethesda, MD ,  Dr. Moores is Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Correspondence to Lisa K. Moores, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail: lmoores@usuhs.mil



Chest. 2007;132(1):7-8. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0515
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially life-threatening disorder, with > 600,000 incident cases occurring annually in the United States.1 Rapid treatment with unfractionated heparin (UFH) clearly reduces the rate of recurrent and potentially fatal events. Over the past decade, treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) has been shown to be as safe and effective as UFH in the initial treatment period.2 As laboratory monitoring is not necessary, this allows for potential outpatient therapy. Indeed, multiple randomized trials have confirmed the safety of this approach in patients presenting with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).2

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