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July 23, 2012

Noncardiac Surgery in Patients With Coronary Artery Stents

Author Affiliations

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.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(14):1054-1055. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3025

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