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Antithrombotics: From Aspirin to DOACs in Coronary Artery Disease and Atrial Fibrillation (Part 3/5)

Freek W A Verheugt, Jurriƫn M Ten Berg, Robert F Storey, Thomas Cuisset, Christopher B Granger
Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2019 August 6, 74 (5): 699-711
For secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD), oral antiplatelet therapy is essential. In case of coronary intervention, temporary dual antiplatelet therapy is mandatory as well. Recently, low-dose oral anticoagulation has entered the CAD arena. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is often seen in CAD and vice versa. In most patients stroke prevention in AF consists of oral anticoagulation. In many cases of CAD in patients with AF, anticoagulation has to be combined with antiplatelet agents (so called, dual pathway antithrombotic therapy). Excess bleeding in these conditions is a rapidly rising problem. This review addresses the antithrombotic options in CAD alone, in AF alone, and in their combination, when either an invasive or a noninvasive approach has been chosen.


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