Management of patients with coronary stents in the ICU

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Abstract

Purpose of review To review the contemporary management of patients with coronary stents in the ICU. Recent findings Coronary stent patients admitted in the ICU may be at increased risk for stent thrombosis, a catastrophic complication with high morbidity and mortality. Dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor antagonist significantly reduces the risk of stent thrombosis; however, it may occasionally need to be discontinued in case of bleeding or when high bleeding risk invasive procedures need to be performed. In such cases, if aspirin can be continued, it can provide some protection from complications. If all antiplatelet therapy needs to be discontinued, temporary administration of a short-acting antiplatelet agent, such as a small molecule glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor may be helpful. Close monitoring of coronary stent patients may allow prompt diagnosis and treatment of any cardiac complications in the ICU. Summary Awareness of the potential risks of coronary stent patients coupled with close monitoring and meticulous attention to the optimum antiplatelet therapy can optimize the outcomes of coronary patients admitted in the ICU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-431
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in critical care
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Antiplatelet therapy
  • Complications
  • Coronary stents
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Stent thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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