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PPI therapy attenuates gastrointestinal bleeding risk without significant excess in major cardiovascular events in high-risk cardiovascular subsets, regardless of indication for DAPT. Future studies will be needed to clarify optimal gastroprotective strategies for higher-intensity and longer durations of DAPT.
This case illustrates the risks of anticoagulation in a patient with a known pituitary macroadenoma, and raises the issue of whether these tumours present a relative contraindication to the use of dual antiplatelet and anticoagulation in acute coronary syndrome.
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According to the five levels of platelet activities, the frequency distributions of the inhibition rates were significantly different (P = 0.0062). However, no significant change was seen in the distribution among the highest or the lowest inhibiting levels (> 95% and < 30% inhibition rate). And there were no significant differences (P > 0.05) in events incidence, while gastro-intestinal bleeding decreased in co-administration of omeprazole.
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Sixteen trials with a total of 21716 patients undergoing coronary stent implantation with indication to long term oral anticoagulation, were finally included. A total of 6950 received TT, whereas 14766 received DT alone. The follow-up period ranged from 180 to 730 days. Data regarding mortality were available in 21658 patients (99.7 %). All cause mortality was observed in 10.4 % patients in TT versus 16.3 % in DT (OR [95 % CI] =0.73 [0.66-0.80], p <0.001; p het <0.001). In addition, TT was associated with a reduced incidence of MI (6.4 versus 9.8 %, OR [95 % CI] = 0.74 [0.65-0.84], p < 0.001; phet < 0.001) and ischemic stroke (1.8 versus 3.9 %, OR [95 % CI] = 0.55 [0.45-0.68], p < 0.001; p het = 0.07). As expected, TT was associated with a significant increase in major bleeding events (10.8 versus 8.5 %, OR [95 % CI] = 1.38 [1.25-1.53], p < 0.001; p het = 0.02). By meta regression analysis we found that benefits in mortality with TT were inversely related with the risk of bleedings (beta [95 % CI] = 2.25 (1.55; 2.95), p < 0.00001). The benefits with TT regarding overall mortality, recurrent MI and ischemic stroke were also confirmed in a pre-specified analysis versus DAPT or oral anticoagulation in association with a single antiplatelet agent.
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In this sub-analysis of the Ongoing Tirofiban in Myocardial Evaluation (On-TIME) 2 trial, we studied, in 1,370 patients, the effect of pre-treatment time (time from administering study medication to time of angiography) on complete ST-segment resolution (STR), initial patency and 30-day mortality. Study medication consisted of high dose tirofiban (HDT) or control (placebo or no HDT) on top of high dose clopidogrel, aspirin and unfractionated heparin. Median pre-treatment time was 55 min (44-70). Longer pre-treatment was associated with longer transportation times, longer in-hospital delay, longer total ischaemic time (all p<0.001) and higher 30-day mortality (3.6% vs. 1.8%, p=0.046). Longer HDT pre-treatment time was independently associated with increased complete STR both before (odds ratio [OR] 1.51, 95%; confidence interval [CI] 0.98-2.32; p=0.06) and after PCI (OR 1.43, 95%; CI 1.02-2.02; p=0.039) and with a significantly improved initial TIMI 2 or 3 flow (51.4% vs. 43.4%, p=0.042) and reduced 30-day mortality (2.1% vs. 5.0%, p=0.047) as compared to longer control pre-treatment.
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We report a 55-year-old man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia who presented with a progressively enlarging left sided neck mass many years after attempted suicide. CT scan confirmed a 6 cm pseudoaneurysm arising from the common carotid artery.
Patients with recent ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) face a high risk of recurrent stroke as well as an increased risk of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death. In the absence of a clearly established indication for long-term anticoagulation, such as atrial fibrillation, antiplatelet agents are the antithrombotic drugs of choice for preventing recurrent vascular events. For many years, aspirin (ASA) has been the first-line therapy for patients at high risk of vascular ischemic events. Two large clinical trials have established the superiority of the combination of ASA and extended-release dipyridamole (ASA/ERDP) over ASA alone in patients with recent noncardioembolic ischemic stroke or TIA. Clopidogrel, another antiplatelet agent, is a reasonable alternative to ASA, but its superiority to ASA in patients with a history of stroke has not been as clearly established. The combination of ASA and clopidogrel, which is effective in patients with acute coronary syndrome, has not been shown to be either effective or safe, compared with either agent alone, in stroke patients, although there may be some benefit to this combination in patients with acute TIA. The results from a large randomized trial comparing ASA/ERDP with clopidogrel, anticipated soon, will further assist clinicians in choosing among available antiplatelet agents.
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To evaluate in a prospective cohort of NSTEMI patients the current practices, treatments and risk factors.
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Polymorphisms of CYP2C19*2, *3, *17 and the degree of inhibition of platelet function were determined in 83 patients. Three different platelet function tests were used to evaluate the degree of platelet inhibition and to check the association with genotype.
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Seventy-three patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes underwent double-blind randomization to abciximab bolus followed by a 12-h placebo infusion and concomitant 600-mg clopidogrel vs. abciximab bolus + a 12-h infusion and 300 mg of clopidogrel. IPA was determined by light transmission aggregometry throughout 24 h. Clopidogrel poor responsiveness was defined as ≥ 50% 5 μmol L⁻¹ ADP-induced maximum platelet aggregation.
Early clustering of adverse cardiovascular events after abrupt cessation of clopidogrel has been reported in patients with acute coronary syndromes. A platelet rebound phenomenon may contribute to this increased thrombotic risk and a gradual drug tapering may attenuate this proposed platelet effect. Accordingly, we aimed to assess the effect of clopidogrel tapering on platelet reactivity. Twenty patients who underwent elective percutaneous coronary interventions with bare metal stents receiving 3 months of clopidogrel therapy (75 mg daily) were randomized to either of two discontinuation strategies: (1) Off group-abrupt drug cessation or (2) Tapering group-receiving clopidogrel 75 mg every other day for 4 weeks duration. Light transmission aggregometry, induced by ADP (5 and 10 μM) and collagen, was measured at four time-points (at baseline and 2, 4 and 6 weeks after randomization). In the off group, there was an early rise in platelet reactivity at 2 weeks after abrupt drug cessation compared to baseline, as measured by ADP 5 μmol/l (39.6 ± 2.8 vs. 67.9 ± 6.0, P < 0.001). The tapering regimen suppressed this rebound platelet aggregation by ADP 5 μmol/l at 2 weeks (P = 0.001) and 4 weeks (P = 0.001). Similar results were found with ADP 10 μmol/l and collagen agonists. Abrupt cessation of clopidogrel results in an early rise in platelet aggregability in patients with BMS that is attenuated by a tapering regimen. Clopidogrel administration every other day may achieve similar levels of platelet inhibition as full dose therapy. Further investigations evaluating clopidogrel tapering strategies and their potential clinical impact are warranted.
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Studies have shown conflicting results for glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor (tirofiban) use in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The authors aimed to determine if an upstream conventional dose of tirofiban in addition to a standard treatment regimen improved coronary patency and clinical outcomes in patients with STEMI. A retrospective analysis of consecutive patients with STEMI, who underwent emergent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the authors' hospital from July 2000 to April 2006 was performed. All patients received loading doses of aspirin, clopidogrel or ticlopidine, and unfractionated heparin with or without tirofiban in the emergency department prior to PCI. It was found that adding a conventional dose of tirofiban to the standard treatment regimen prior to PCI did not improve coronary patency in STEMI patients. Tirofiban also failed to show favorable outcomes for 90 days of follow-up, but there was a favorable trend for short-term 30-day survival.
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In all, 24 patients with anterior infarction were enrolled. All patients underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention. PTD was performed 2 days and 2 weeks after percutaneous coronary intervention, and recorded from 6 different locations at the mitral annular level. Peak systolic wave was determined and was related to various markers of reperfusion.
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A high rate of major bleeding is observed in AF patients with indication for OAC undergoing PCI-S who receive TT. GP IIb/IIIa inhibitor use and multivessel/left main artery disease during PCI-S were independent predictors for EMB, while TT use, occurrence of EMB, and baseline anemia were independent predictors for LMB.
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Our findings demonstrate that ACE inhibitors decrease platelet aggregation ex vivo. The differential antiaggregatory profile may explain at least in part different effects of ACE inhibitors on cardiovascular endpoints as observed in large clinical trials.
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To evaluate effect of duration of clopidogrel use on clinical follow-up outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
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Despite the guidelines, a "treatment gap" exists in the delivery of pharmacotherapy for secondary prevention. We aimed to analyze the trend in guideline-based medication usage following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using the Melbourne Interventional Group (MIG) registry over a 6-year period (2005-2010).
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Due to expansion of the pharmaceutical market it seems necessary to prove the efficacy of the generic drugs. The aim of this study is to compare the effects of two clopidogrel formulations: brand-name-Plavix and generic drug - Egitromb. This is a prospective, randomized study comparing two groups of patients treated with two clopidogrel: brand-name Plavix and generic drug- Egitromb. The 53 consecutive patients with stable coronary artery disease qualifying for coronary angiography and PCI were enrolled in this trial. They were randomized into two groups. In the group A (n = 28) patients received Egitromb 300 mg at admission followed by 8 days of 75 mg Egitromb daily. In the group B (n = 25) patients received Plavix 300 mg on the admission followed by 8 days of 75 mg Plavix maintenance therapy. Blood samples for multiple electrode aggregometry testing were drawn at baseline, 5 hours and 8 days after taking the loading dose. Median values of platelet aggregation inhibition did not differ between the Plavix and Egitromb groups when assessed at baseline: 239AU/min (IQR:329) vs. 209 (IQR:406; p = 0.894), 5 hours after loading: 183 AU/min (IQR:107) vs. 165 (IQR:171; p = 0.831) or at day 8: 174 AU/min (IQR:133) vs. 211 (IQR:133; p = 0.332. The study showed no difference in the therapeutic effect of two clopidogrel formulations (Egitromb and Plavix).
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In geriatric patients with peptic ulcer, the use of NSAID and prevalence of chronic illness have been increased, but the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infected portion decreased. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics and outcomes of geriatric patients (aged 65 or older) with peptic ulcer bleeding and compare with non-geriatric patients (less than 65 years old).
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The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the benefits and risks of triple therapy (TT) compared with dual therapy (DT) for patients with an indication for anticoagulation who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention.
Cangrelor (Kengrexal(®), Kengreal(™)) is an intravenously administered P2Y12 receptor inhibitor. It is direct-acting and reversible, with a very rapid onset and offset of action. The randomized, double-blind, multinational, phase III CHAMPION PHOENIX trial compared the efficacy of intravenous cangrelor with that of oral clopidogrel in patients requiring percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for stable angina pectoris, a non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (MI). The primary composite efficacy endpoint of death from any cause, MI, ischaemia-drive revascularization or stent thrombosis in the 48 h following randomization occurred in significantly fewer cangrelor than clopidogrel recipients. The rate of severe or life-threatening non-coronary artery bypass graft-related, GUSTO-defined bleeding at 48 h did not significantly differ between cangrelor and clopidogrel recipients. In conclusion, intravenous cangrelor is an important new option for use in patients undergoing PCI who have not been treated with oral P2Y12 inhibitors.
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We investigated if acute coronary syndrome (ACS) rather than stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) presentation is an outcome modifier with respect to the duration of dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients undergoing coronary stenting.
Clinical, angiographic, and procedural data for patients undergoing endovascular treatment of femoropopliteal occlusive disease using Viabahn covered stent grafts at a single institution between 2006 and 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Graft patency and freedom from thrombolysis, major adverse limb event, and reintervention were determined by Kaplan-Meier analysis. The influence of relevant variables on clinical outcome was determined through univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards analyses.
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The aim of this review is to discuss the consequences of potential pharmacokinetic interactions between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and antiplatelet therapy on cardiovascular (CV) outcomes and provide guidance on the management of concomitant use of PPIs in patients on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT).
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Two main approaches have been used to identify genetic abnormalities - the candidate gene approach and the genome-wide approach. Genetic variability in response to drugs may occur as a result of alterations of drug-metabolizing (cytochrome P [CYP]) enzymes, receptors, and transport proteins leading to enhancement or delay in the therapeutic response. Of relevance to the ICU, genetic variation in CYP-450 isoenzymes results in altered effects of midazolam, fentanyl, morphine, codeine, phenytoin, clopidogrel, warfarin, carvedilol, metoprolol, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, calcineurin inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, proton pump inhibitors, and ondansetron. Changes in cholinesterase enzyme function may affect the disposition of succinylcholine, benzylisoquinoline muscle relaxants, remifentanil, and hydralazine. Genetic variation in transport proteins leads to differences in the response to opioids and clopidogrel. Polymorphisms in drug receptors result in altered effects of β-blockers, catecholamines, antipsychotic agents, and opioids. Genetic variation also contributes to the diversity and incidence of diseases and conditions such as sepsis, malignant hyperthermia, drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions, cardiac channelopathies, thromboembolic disease, and congestive heart failure.