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Antiplatelet or anticoagulation after mitral valve repair?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Source Name: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg


Paparella D, Di Mauro M, Bitton Worms K, Bolotin G, Russo C, Trunfio S, Scrofani R, Antona C, Actis Dato G, Casabona R, Colli A, Gerosa G, Renzulli A, Serraino F, Scrascia G, Zaccaria S, De Bonis M, Taramasso M, Delgado L, Tritto F, Marmo J, Parolari A, Myaseodova V, Villa E, Troise G, Nicolini F, Gherli T, Whitlock R, Conte M, Barili F, Gelsomino S, Lorusso R, Sciatti E, Marinelli D, Di Giammarco G, Calafiore AM, Sheikh A, Alfonso JJ, Glauber M, Miceli A; GIROC Investigators.

In a large multi-center, propensity-matched study, Paparella et al found that antiplatelet therapy as opposed to oral anticoagulation therapy initiated after mitral valve repair as antithrombotic prophylaxis caused significantly less major bleeding, which also caused mortality to be less by a 5-fold than with anticoagulation therapy. 

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