The Effect of Aspirin as an Irreversible COX1 Inhibitor in Preventing Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation After Coronary Bypass Surgery

  • Bilgehan Erkut Atatürk University, Medical Faculty, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Azman Ates Atatürk University, Medical Faculty, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Erzurum, Turkey


Background: We investigated whether the use of aspirin (irreversible COX1 inhibitor) in the preoperative period may prevent non-valvular atrial fibrillation, which is the most common rhythm problem in the postoperative period. Non-valvular atrial fibrillation after coronary surgery may lead to an increase in hospital costs due to excessive drug use and long-term hospitalization.

Methods: More than 1000 coronary artery bypass grafting operations were performed between January 2011 to and Nov 2018. The 572 patients were included in this study. Patients were divided into two groups as medication (n=292) and medication-free group (n=280). In the medication group, while patients received aspirin (300 mg daily) therapy (up to 5 days) before the operation, the other group did not receive any anti-aggregan treatment. The patients were followed up for the occurrence of atrial fibrillation from the early postoperative period up to 3 months.

Results: While non-valvular atrial fibrillation was developed in 16 patients (5,5 %) in medication group, this rate was 24,3 % with 68 patients in medication-free group 3 month after operation (P < .05). In addition to the intensive care unit and hospital stay, there was a significant difference between the groups in terms of hospital costs (P < .05).

Conclusions: According to the results of our study, we found that the aspirin used in preoperative period may prevent non-valvular atrial fibrillation in the postoperative period. In relation to these results; we found that hospital stay and hospital expenses decreased.


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