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STOPPING ANTICOAGULATION THERAPY BEFORE AN OPERATION, MEDICAL OR DENTAL PROCEDURE

 
STOPPING ANTICOAGULATION THERAPY BEFORE AN OPERATION, MEDICAL OR DENTAL PROCEDURE
 
 

If you are taking anticoagulation therapy to reduce your risk of AF-related stroke and are due to have an operation or a medical/dental procedure that could cause bleeding, you might need to stop taking your anticoagulation therapy for a short period of time. 1, 2

It is important that your healthcare professional is aware that you are taking anticoagulation therapy, and you should tell them as soon as possible. He/she will advise you as to whether you need to stop your anticoagulation therapy prior to surgery and for how long.3 However, do not stop taking your anticoagulant unless your healthcare professional has told you to do so.

References: 
  1. Kristensen, SD. et al. ‘2014 ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and management’. Eur Heart J. 2014:35;2383-2431
  2. Steffel, J. et al. ‘The 2018 European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation’. Eur Heart J. 2018:39;1330–1393
  3. Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA). A Guide for Patients Prescribed Oral Anticoagulant Therapy. Available at:  http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/files/files/A-A%20US/A%20Guide%20for%20Patients%20Prescribed%20Oral%20Anticoagulant%20Therapy%20A5.pdf. Last accessed: May 2018