Is There a Role for Preoperative Platelet Function Testing in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery During Antiplatelet Therapy?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Up to 11% of patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes undergo coronary artery bypass grafting. Guidelines largely recommend a one-size-fits-all preoperative discontinuation period for P2Y12 receptor blockers to avoid bleeding. These recommendations do not account for highly variable pharmacodynamic responsiveness and for variable recovery of platelet reactivity following discontinuation of P2Y12 receptor blockers. Several observational studies have demonstrated that an objective measurement of platelet function among these patients may reduce the waiting period while mitigating the risk of bleeding. Based on these findings, 2 recent guidelines included a Class IIa and IIb recommendation for platelet function testing in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The following review article describes the rationale for discontinuation of dual antiplatelet therapy before cardiac surgery and the limitations with this approach, available platelet function assays to assess pharmacodynamic effects, and the association between platelet inhibition and other clinical factors with surgery-related bleeding. The information will assist the reader in determining which patients undergoing cardiac surgery might benefit from preoperative platelet function monitoring.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mahla, E; Tantry, US; Prüller, F; Gurbel, PA

Published Date

  • November 6, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 138 / 19

Start / End Page

  • 2145 - 2159

PubMed ID

  • 30474416

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4539

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.035160


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States