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Initial experience with an institutional bridging protocol for patients with recent coronary stent implantation requiring discontinuation of dual antiplatelet therapy resulting from urgent surgery.
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PMID:  20634687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Patients that receive coronary bare-metal or drug-eluting stents have to be maintained on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for at least 4 weeks or 12 months, respectively. The prolonged time period required for drug-eluting stents is the result of delayed vascular healing that is associated with the drug and the polymeric coating. Premature cessation of DAPT may precipitate life-threatening stent thrombosis. However, some urgent, unplanned surgical procedures cannot be carried out under DAPT as a result of an unacceptable bleeding risk. Therefore, in these particular patients, DAPT therapy needs to be bridged for urgent surgery to avoid stent thrombosis, yet no clinical recommendation about a specific pharmacologic protocol is currently available for this specific purpose. We report about the initial experience with a novel institutional bridging protocol using bivalirudin that has been developed and applied successfully in a limited number of patients.
Authors:
Rainer Wessely
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of therapeutics     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1536-3686     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Ther     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9441347     Medline TA:  Am J Ther     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e280-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Cardiology and Angiology, Ev. Bethesda-Johanniter-Klinikum, Duisburg, Germany.
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