Decision pathway issued for patients with irregular heartbea
A new document for the management of patients with irregular heartbeats who are on anticoagulation medications--blood thinners--and need surgery, focuses on how and when to temporarily stop these medications, if a substitute medication should be used, and when it is safe for a patient to go back on blood thinners after surgery. The American College of Cardiology decision pathway document, based on an extensive review of the existing professional literature, is published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.