Management of Elective Surgery and Emergent Bleeding with Direct Oral Anticoagulants

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Current cardiology reports


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to offer practical management strategies for when patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants require elective surgery or present with bleeding complications.

RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical practice guidelines are now available on the timing of periprocedural interruption of treatment with the newer direct oral anticoagulants based on their pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and based on findings from cohort studies and clinical trials. An antibody that reverses the effects of dabigatran is now available, and a factor Xa decoy is being developed as an antidote to apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban. The timing of interruption of direct oral anticoagulants for elective surgery is based on multiple factors, including pharmacologic properties and interactions, the patient's renal function, and the type of planned surgery. There is little role for low-molecular-weight heparin bridging. Idarucizumab is the treatment of choice for dabigatran-related life-threatening bleeding, while andexanet alfa is being developed to reverse factor Xa inhibitors.

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Administration, Oral; Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; Anticoagulants; Antidotes; Antithrombins; Benzamides; Blood Loss, Surgical; Dabigatran; Deprescriptions; Elective Surgical Procedures; Factor Xa; Factor Xa Inhibitors; Hemorrhage; Humans; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Pyrazoles; Pyridines; Pyridones; Recombinant Proteins; Rivaroxaban; Thiazoles

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