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General aspects 

General aspects
Chapter:
General aspects
Author(s):

Andrea Rubboli

, David P. Faxon

, Axel Schlitt

, and Gregory Y. H. Lip

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665952.003.0001
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date: 30 May 2020

About 5-8% of patients referred for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have an indication for oral anticoagulation.Atrial fibrillation is indicated for oral anticoagulation in nearly 70% of these patients, and coronary artery disease co-exists in 20-30% of cases.One-and-half to two million people aretreated with oral anticoagulants in Europe, and North America are candidates for percutaneous coronary intervention.Proper management of percutaneous coronary intervention procedures, as well as post-discharge antithrombotic therapy,are warranted to balance the risk of bleeding against those of thromboembolism, stent thrombosis, and adverse cardiac events.

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