Management of antithrombotic therapy for acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation in patients with hemophilia

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Abstract

Introduction: Patients with hemophilia now have a life expectancy very close to that of the unaffected male population and, hence, are at risk of developing the classic age-related morbidities, i.e., cardiovascular diseases. The peculiarity of the management of these diseases in hemophilia is that antithrombotic drugs impinge on the already compromised hemostasis of these lifelong bleeders. Areas covered: This opinion article outlines the strategies we have developed, based on our clinical experience, for the antithrombotic treatment of two common cardiovascular diseases acute coronary syndromes and chronic atrial fibrillation in patients with hemophilia A and B. Expert opinion: In the absence of specific evidence-based guidelines for patients with coagulation defects, antithrombotic treatment is currently based on expertise and adaptation of the guidelines developed for non-hemophilic patients. Replacement therapy should be tailored with the deficient coagulation factor so as to control the increased risk of bleeding inherent in the use of antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Antiplatelet therapy
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Hemophilia A
  • Hemophilia B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology

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