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October 9, 2013

Patient With Coronary Stents Needs Surgery: What to Do?

Author Affiliations
  • 1VA North Texas Health Care System, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1451-1452. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279123

One of the most common questions interventional cardiologists are being asked is: “My patient needs surgery and has a coronary stent; should I clear him/her for surgery and what should I do about the antiplatelet therapy?” With approximately 1 in 5 patients undergoing noncardiac surgery within 2 years after receiving a stent,1 this will continue to be a frequent question in the years to come.