Atrial fibrillation with percutaneous coronary intervention: Navigating the minefield of antithrombotic therapies

This review aims to provide insights into contemporary therapeutic options for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and compares current international guidelines. AF is a common cardiac arrhythmia and a major risk factor for stroke. The risk of stroke can be reduced with the use of oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy. However, for patients with AF, PCI necessitates the use of combined antithrombotic therapies (OAC and antiplatelet therapies) to reduce thrombotic coronary complications.
Source: Atherosclerosis - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Review article Source Type: research

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