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Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and infective endocarditis
  1. Daniel Caldeira1,2,
  2. Joaquim J Ferreira1,2,
  3. Fausto J Pinto3,
  4. João Costa1,2
  1. 1 Laboratório de Farmacologia Clínica e Terapêutica, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Professor Egas Moniz, 1649-028, Lisboa, Portugal
  2. 2 Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Avenida Professor Egas Moniz, 1649-028, Lisboa, Portugal
  3. 3 Serviço de Cardiologia, Hospital Universitário de Santa Maria, CAML, Centro Cardiovascular da Universidade de Lisboa – CCUL, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Professor Daniel Caldeira, Laboratório de Farmacologia Clínica e Terapêutica, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon 1649-028, Portugal; dgcaldeira{at}hotmail.com

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To the Editor We read with great interest the Editorial by Erwin and Lung, which stated that in patients treated with oral anticoagulants and concomitant infective endocarditis, it is recommended to switch/bridge with heparin in the first 2 weeks to decrease the bleeding risk if cerebral embolism occurs, particularly in staphylococcal endocarditis.1 We recognise that the rate of embolic complications …

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