Updated antiplatelet guideline highlights surgical bleeding risk

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has updated its clinical practice guidelines on use of antiplatelet drugs during heart surgery. The new guideline, published in the November 2012 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, takes into account newly available antiplatelet therapies, new scientific information, and a broader use of antiplatelet drugs such as before lung and vascular procedures, according to Newswise.