Delaying Anti-Clotting Rx Risks Stent Patients’ Lives, Study

May 28, 2014 10:06 PM

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Delaying Anti-Clotting Rx Risks Stent Patients’ Lives, Study

One third of patients who were discharged after a PCI failed to fill their clopidogrel prescriptions within three days, according to a study published online May 28 in Journal of the American Heart Association, at the risk of serious consequences. Findings showed that the time following hospital release to the filling of the prescription dramatically influences outcomes.

If you’ve just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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