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DAPT Study: Extended Treatment After Stenting Lowers Stent Thrombosis and Heart Attacks
Stent and pills
"Longer is better." That's what Dr. Dean Kereiakis told Angioplasty.Org when characterizing the results of the long-awaited Dual Antiplatelet Therapy (DAPT) study, which were presented today at the annual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago. Dr. Kereiakes is the co-principal investigator for this five year study of 10,000 patients, which adds to the knowledge base of whether long-term treatment with aspirin and a thienopyridine, such as Plavix, after stent implantation is beneficial to patients.
Patient Alert: How to Get the Best Price on New Generic Plavix
Plavix and stent
Our survey found prices ranging from 35¢ to $6 per pill. Read on to learn more, including a price comparison that shows you where to shop, a look at the role of online patient communities, breaking news about Plavix co-pay discounts, and more resources to help you get the most affordable antiplatelet drugs.... (read more)
After Stent or Angioplasty: Effient (Prasugrel) Bests Plavix (Clopidogrel) for Patients with High Platelet Reactivity
Effient and Plavix
Double-Dose Clopidogrel (Plavix) Does Not Reduce Heart Attack or Stent Thrombosis for Angioplasty Patients with High Platelet Reactivity
In the case of angioplasty or stent patients who are at high risk for adverse events, such as stent thrombosis, a new study concludes that a double dose of clopidogrel (Plavix) "did not reduce the incidence of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis.".... (read more)
Experts on Antiplatelet Medication
Hirotoshi Watanabe, MD
STOPDAPT-2: Is a Month of DAPT Plus a Year of Clopidogrel Safe?
Dr. Hirotoshi Watanabe discusses his team's recent study which demonstrated that 1 month of DAPT followed by clopidogrel monotherapy was superior to 12 months of DAPT.... (read more)
Masanori Yamamoto, MD
Validating the DAPT Score in a Large Pooled Cohort from 3 Japanese Studies
In light of the recent approval of Medtronic's CoreValve Evolut R, Dr. Masanori Yamamoto discusses the current landscape of TAVR devices in Japan.... (read more)
Dr. Fausto Feres
Is 90 Days of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Enough?
Dr. Fausto Feres on a new trial in Brazil testing whether 3 months of dual antiplatelet therapy after therapy with the Endeavor DES may be sufficient. Dr. Feres discusses the OPTIMIZE Trial of 3,200 patients... (read more)
Dr. Eric Topol
Genomics Could Be Key To Individualizing Antiplatelet Therapy
Dr. Eric J. Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, discusses his work in genomic studies of platelet responsiveness and its implications in determining the optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy... (read more)
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Dr. Marc Feldman
How OCT May Affect Antiplatelet Medication Usage
Dr. Marc Feldman discusses how Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) may impact how long patients stay on Plavix after a procedure.... (read more)
Patient Forum Discussions
Doctor and Patient
Plavix, Effient, Aspirin and Stents
What is the normal dosage and length of treatment with Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient (prasugrel) and aspirin after having a stent? Have you experienced any allergic reactions or side-effects? Some patients find.... (Join Discussion)
Patient Forum
Financial Assistance for Plavix and Other Prescription Drugs
Struggling to afford your antiplatelet medication? There are numerous suggestions as to how you can may be able to get assistance. For low income patients, it can be difficult to....
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Heart Animation
Plavix (Clopidogrel) and Surgery
The surgeon wants to minimize the risk of bleeding, so typically patients are asked to stop any blood thinners prior to surgery. The conflict occurs when a patients needs to stay on Plavix, aspirin, etc. because of a stent, but also requires major surgery. ....
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Recovery And Medication After Angioplasty

It's important to take all medications prescribed by your cardiologist, especially your DAPT (Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy) which usually consists of aspirin and clopidogrel or equivalent (prasugrel, etc.) to keep the blood from clotting inside the stent. Depending on the type of stent, this must be taken for up to a year or more ....
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