Stent Patients Suffer Fewer Heart Attacks if Anti-Clotting Meds Extended

November 17, 2014 4:49 PM

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Nov. 17, 2014 - Patients - average age 62 - who took two anti-clotting medications beyond the standard 12 months after stent placement were significantly less likely to develop blood clots within their stents or to have a heart attack than those whose treatment followed the 12-month protocol, according to late-breaking clinical trial research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

“We know that dual antiplatelet therapy is essential for all patients receiving coronary stents to prevent blood clots within the stents (in-stent thrombosis). This study showed that the preventive benefit continues when the medications can be taken for more than one year,” said the study’s principa...

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