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A randomized pilot trial for aggressive therapeutic approaches in aspirin-resistant patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.
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PMID:  21183763     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: There is great variability among individual patients in platelet inhibition after aspirin intake. Aspirin resistance has been associated with a higher incidence of ischemic events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The optimal antiplatelet therapy in aspirin-resistant patients undergoing PCI is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether aggressive antiplatelet therapy would reduce ischemic events in aspirin-resistant patients after PCI.
METHODS: A total of 330 patients undergoing PCI (with bivalirudin) were screened for aspirin responsiveness. The resulting 36 aspirin-resistant patients were randomized into two arms: 1) conventional strategy patients received 325 mg aspirin orally and a loading dose of 600 mg clopidogrel at the time of the procedure; and 2) aggressive strategy patients received similar amounts of aspirin and clopidogrel, with the addition of an intravenous glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor bolus intraprocedurally. The primary outcome was an elevation of cardiac enzymes within 24 hours post procedure. The secondary outcome was a composite of major adverse cardiac events including death, myocardial infarction, stent thrombosis and urgent revascularization, and bleeding up to 30 days.
RESULTS: Primary outcome occurred in 22% of the conventional strategy group and 11% of the aggressive strategy group (p = 0.36). The secondary outcome was reached in 27.8% of the conventional group and 5.5% of the aggressive strategy group (p = 0.17), which is suggestive of a statistical trend toward more ischemic events with conventional therapy. Importantly, there were 2 cases of definite stent thrombosis in the conventional strategy group.
CONCLUSION: In aspirin-resistant patients, aggressive antiplatelet therapy tended to show better outcomes after PCI, without an increase in bleeding. These findings need validation in a large, randomized study.
Fadi El-Atat; Kunal Sarkar; Visali Kodali; Rucha Karajgikar; Madhavi Jakkulla; Angelica Mares; Samin Sharma; Annapoorna Kini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of invasive cardiology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1557-2501     ISO Abbreviation:  J Invasive Cardiol     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917477     Medline TA:  J Invasive Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mount Sinai Hospital, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, USA.
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J Invasive Cardiol. 2011 Jan;23(1):14   [PMID:  21183764 ]

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