Stroke Survivors Should Continue Antithrombotics During Dental Procedures.


Patients who’ve had a stroke should continue taking warfarin or aspirin when undergoing dental procedures, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.

The guidelines, published in Neurology, also state that stroke patients should probably continue aspirin during invasive ocular anesthesia, cataract surgery, dermatologic procedures, transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy, spinal or epidural procedures, and carpal tunnel surgery. However, clinicians should counsel patients that aspirin likely increases bleeding risk during orthopedic hip procedures.

Stroke patients should probably continue warfarin for dermatologic procedures, the guidelines also note.

Source: Neurology