The study was conducted in five Czech tertiary cardiology centers. Results have surprisingly shown that aggressive non-selective approach to premedication (pre-treating all patients scheduled for coronary angiography) is not superior to a more cautious selective approach.
Background: Anticlotting agent clopidogrel is widely used as pre-treatment before planned percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) due to the fact that it has been proven to reduce periprocedural ischemic complications (e.g. periprocedural myocardial infarction). However, vast majority of patients in the current interventional cardiology practice do not undergo planned PCI, but rather “ad-hoc“ PCI performed a few minutes after diagnostic coronary angiography (CAG). Whether clopidogrel should be administered as pre-treatment to all patients undergoing elective CAG with the aim to ensure therapeutic levels at the time of possible ad-hoc PCI is not known.
Methods: This randomized trial enrolled 1,028 patients in five participating hospitals in the Czech Republic. All patients underwent elective CAG, i.e. invasive imaging of their coronary arteries. On the day before CAG patients were randomized to group A (“nonselective” - clopidogrel 600 mg to all patients > 6 hours before CAG; n = 513) or group B (“selective” - clopidogrel 600 mg in the cath-lab after CAG, only to patients undergoing subsequent PCI; n = 515). Combined primary end-point was death / periprocedural myocardial infarction / stroke or transient ischemic attack / re-intervention within 7 days. Secondary end-points were troponin elevation, TIMI-flow after PCI, bleeding complications.
Results: Ad-hoc PCI (i.e. PCI immediately following CAG) was performed in 29% of study patients. and bypass surgery (CABG) in 12 % of patients (mostly after >7 days). Medical therapy was indicated in 59% of patients. Primary end-point occurred in 0,8% in both groups (n.s.). Bleeding complications occurred in 3,5% group A patients vs. 1,2% group B (p = 0,02). Periprocedural troponin elevation (i.e. very small infarction as a complication of the procedure) was detected in 2,7% group A vs. 3,0% group B (n.s.).
When only the subgroup of patients who underwent PCI was analyzed, primary end-point occurred in 1,3% group A vs. 2,2% group B (n.s.). Periprocedural troponin elevation was detected in 8,6% (group A) vs. 11,1% (group B, n.s.). Bleeding complications occurred in 7,2% (group A) vs. 0,7% (group B, p = 0,006) and reintervention within 7 days in 0,7% group A vs. 1,5% group B (n.s.).
Conclusion: Routine clopidogrel pretreatment before elective CAG is not justified – it increases the risk of bleeding complications, while the benefit on periprocedural infarction is not significant. Clopidogrel should be given only to patients with known CAG who undergo PCI and this can be done safely in the catheterization laboratory between the two procedures.
ESC Press Office | alfa
Multi-year study finds 'hotspots' of ammonia over world's major agricultural areas
17.03.2017 | University of Maryland
Diabetes Drug May Improve Bone Fat-induced Defects of Fracture Healing
17.03.2017 | Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke
The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
20.03.2017 | Event News
14.03.2017 | Event News
07.03.2017 | Event News
29.03.2017 | Materials Sciences
29.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
29.03.2017 | Earth Sciences