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Preoperative aspirin does not alter outcomes or increase bleeding after cardiac surgery

KEY POINT

Neither death nor thrombotic complications changed when preoperative low-dose aspirin was given to patients undergoing coronary artery surgery, nor was a higher risk of bleeding observed, according to a study published in a February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

SOURCES

Myles PS et al. Stopping vs. continuing aspirin before coronary artery surgery. N Engl J Med. 2016;374:728–37.  

Hillis LD et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA guideline for coronary artery bypass graft surgery: executive summary. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;58:2584–2614.