Continued vs. interrupted direct oral anticoagulants at the time of device surgery, in patients with moderate to high risk of arterial thrombo-embolic events (BRUISE CONTROL-2)

Guidelines recommend warfarin continuation rather than heparin bridging for pacemaker and defibrillator surgery, after the BRUISE CONTROL trial demonstrated an 80% reduction in device pocket haematoma with this approach. However, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are now used to treat the majority of patients with atrial fibrillation. We sought to understand the best strategy to manage the DOACs at the time of device surgery and specifically hypothesized that performing device surgery without DOAC interruption would result in a reduced haematoma rate.

Year of Publication: 2018

Authors: David Birnie, Jeff Healey, George Wells, Felix Ayala-Paredes, Benoit Coutu, Glen Sumner, Giuliano Becker, Atul Verma, François Philippon, Eli Kalfon, John Eikelboom, Roopinder Sandhu, Pablo Nery, Nicholas Lellouche, Stuart Connolly, John Sapp, Vidal Essebag