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Causes of mortality with ticagrelor compared with clopidogrel in acute coronary syndromes.
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PMID:  24957530     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To describe specific causes of death and evaluate whether bleeding events and infection contributed to mortality in all ticagrelor-treated and clopidogrel-treated patients with acute coronary syndromes.
METHODS: In the PLATelet inhibition and patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial, ticagrelor significantly reduced rates of vascular and total death compared with clopidogrel. In the 905 patients who died postenrolment in the PLATO trial (n=18 624), reviewers, blinded to study treatment, subclassified direct causes of death and evaluated whether infection or bleeding events contributed to fatal events.
RESULTS: Among vascular deaths, there were significantly fewer sudden deaths (63 (0.7%) vs 98 (1.1%), p<0.01) but no significant difference in deaths caused by acute myocardial infarction (179 (1.9%) vs 194 (2.1%), p=0.43) or heart failure (31 (0.3%) vs 42 (0.5%), p=0.20) with ticagrelor compared with clopidogrel. For non-vascular deaths, there was no difference between treatments in deaths directly caused by infection. Although, patients treated with ticagrelor were at lower risk for death where infection was either a direct cause or contributed to death (51 (0.5%) vs 76 (0.8%), HR 0.67 (0.47 to 0.95), p<0.05) but not for bleeding (42 (0.5%) vs 42 (0.5%), HR 0.99 (0.65 to 1.53), p=0.98).
CONCLUSIONS: In this post hoc analysis, ticagrelor compared with clopidogrel reduced total and cardiovascular mortality, which appeared to be mainly mediated by a reduction in sudden death. Importantly, bleeding causing or contributing to death did not differ between treatments.
Christoph Varenhorst; Ulrica Alström; Oscar Ö Braun; Robert F Storey; Kenneth W Mahaffey; Maria Bertilsson; Christopher P Cannon; Benjamin M Scirica; Anders Himmelmann; Stefan K James; Lars Wallentin; Claes Held
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-6-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart (British Cardiac Society)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1468-201X     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart     Publication Date:  2014 Jun 
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Created Date:  2014-6-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602087     Medline TA:  Heart     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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