Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: alteplase, tPA, dabigatran, anticoagulant, apixaban, rivaroxaban (PubMed Search)
A new recommendation in the 2013 Ischemic Stroke Guidelines provides guidance on what to do in patients taking new oral anticoagulants who are deemed eligible for IV fibrinolysis. Here is what the guidelines say:
Until further data are available, a history consistent with recent use of new oral anticoagulants generally precludes use of IV tPA.
Jauch EC, et al. Guidelines for the early management of patients with acute ischemic stroke: a guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke 2013;44(3):870-947. PMID 23370205
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