Author Affiliations: Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh (Dr Dweck), and Department of Cardiology, Edinburgh Heart Centre, New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Dr Cruden), Edinburgh, Scotland.
The management of patients who undergo coronary artery stent implantation and subsequently require noncardiac surgery is a real and challenging clinical problem. In 2008, more than 800 000 percutaneous coronary procedures were performed in the United States, with coronary stents implanted in over 96% of cases.1 Approximately 5% of patients undergo noncardiac surgery in the 12 months following coronary stent implantation.2
Dweck MR, Cruden NL. Noncardiac Surgery in Patients With Coronary Artery Stents. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(14):1054-1055. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3025