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Cardiac Surgery in Patients with Drug Eluting Stents:The Risk of Stopping Clopidogrel

Author(s): Gorav Ailawadi | John A. Kern | Benjamin B. Peeler | Irving L. Kron

Journal: Clinical Medicine : Cardiology
ISSN 1178-1165

Volume: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: clopidogrel | cardiac surgery | coronary artery bypass | coronary disease | stents | thrombosis

Recommendations for the duration of clopidogrel (Plavix®, Bristol Meyers Squibb, New York, NY) therapy following drug eluting stent (DES) insertion have been subject to recent criticism. Suggested recommendations for the continuation of clopidogrel have been extended to one year following DES insertion. However, patients with a previously inserted DES who now require cardiac surgery are requested to stop clopidogrel perioperatively. The safety of this practice is unclear. We report two cases of elective cardiac surgical intervention after the insertion of DES complicated by perioperative or intraoperative acute coronary ischemia attributed to DES closure.

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