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This single centre study recruited patients attending our Rapid Access Stroke Prevention clinic in Ireland from 07/09/2006 → 30/11/2009. Demographic and clinical data, and prescribed medication regimens at initial assessment were recorded. All patients received copies of clinical correspondence containing clear 'goal-directed treatment advice' sent to their general practitioner or referring physician. Patients were subsequently interviewed with a standardised pro-forma to assess continuation and adherence rates; overall adherence rates with secondary prevention therapy were also assessed with a validated self-reporting tool (Morisky Scale). Recurrent vascular events during follow-up were recorded.
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Subclavian artery stenosis is found in up to 25% of supraaortic lesions. Bypass grafting is the procedure of choice but controversies exist concerning the optimal technique and the effect of postoperative antithrombotic therapy on long-term patency. The authors retrospectively analyzed 40 patients with carotid-subclavian bypasses. Stenoses were documented preoperatively by arteriography. Patency was determined by clinical, ultrasound, or arteriographic examinations. Cumulative patency rates were calculated by Kaplan-Meier method and analyzed by Tarone-Ware test. Graft materials were Dacron (32), polytetrafluoroethylene (seven) or saphenous vein (one). Indications for surgery included vertebrobasilar insufficiency (22.5%), upper extremity ischemia (22.5%), and the combination of both (55.0%). Perioperative mortality and morbidity were 2.5% and 10.0%, respectively. Patients were followed up from 0 to 134 months (mean 61+/-39 months). Cumulative 5-year patency rate was 83.3%. Anticoagulation with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) led to significantly better 5-year patency rates (100%) as compared with the combination of ASA and dipyridamole (64.0%, p=0.013) or no anticoagulation (70.0%, p=0.016). Carotid-subclavian bypass led to excellent long-term patency rates and can provide durable relief of symptoms with minimal perioperative morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it is a worthwhile procedure to correct proximal subclavian artery stenosis. Postoperative medication with ASA seems to increase long-term bypass function significantly.
Spontaneous platelet aggregation (SPA) was studied in human whole blood at 3, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 60 minutes after venepuncture. Using a whole blood platelet counter, SPA was quantified by measuring the fall in single platelet count upon rollermixing aliquots of citrated blood at 37 degrees C. The extent of SPA increased with the time after venepuncture, with a correlation coefficient of 0.819. The inhibitory effect of dipyridamole (Dipy) on SPA was studied: (a) 10 microM at each time interval; (b) 0.5-100 microM at 3 and 30 minutes and (c) 15 microM in combination with 100 microM adenosine, 8 microM 2-chloroadenosine (2Clad, an ADP receptor blocker) and 50 microM aspirin. There was a rapid decrease in the inhibitory effect of Dipy with the time after venepuncture; the correlation coefficient was -0.533. At all the concentrations studied, Dipy was more effective at 3 minutes than at 30 minutes after venepuncture. A combination of Dipy with adenosine, 2ClAd or aspirin was a more effective inhibitor of SPA than either drug alone. However, when 15 microM Dipy and 10 microM Ad were added together, the inhibitory effect of Dipy was not increased significantly, suggesting that Dipy inhibits platelet aggregation independent of Ad. The increase in SPA with the time after venepuncture was abolished when blood was taken directly into the anticoagulant containing 5 microM 2ClAd. It is suggested that ADP released from the red blood cells is responsible for the increased platelet aggregability with the time after venepuncture and makes a serious contribution to the artifacts of in vitro platelet function studies.
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Five hundred forty-six patients (12.0 %) were taking antithrombotic drugs (aspirin, 313; warfarin, 134; cilostazol, 57; clopidogrel, 59; ethylicosapentate, 40; prostaglandin preparations, 41; ticlopidine, 29; icosapentate, 24; dipyridamole, 4); 116 and 29 patients, respectively, were managed with a combination of 2 or 3 agents. Among 490 patients whose medical records were precisely documented, 40.6 % underwent EGD without cessation. Bleeding and thromboembolic complications were not observed. The most common pre-existing comorbidity was ischemic heart disease (27.9 %), followed by carotid or intracranial large artery atherosclerosis (20.5 %), cerebral infarction or transient ischemic attack (20.3 %), and atrial fibrillation (15.9 %). Patients with pre-existing comorbidity requiring anticoagulants frequently underwent EGD without cessation.
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Clopidogrel and dipyridamole-aspirin are used frequently after stroke or transient ischemic attack. Use of clopidogrel-aspirin was common in patients with recent ischemic stroke before the publication of MATCH, after which rates dramatically declined and use of dipyridamole-aspirin and clopidogrel alone increased.
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Compared with aspirin alone, use of the new antiplatelet regimens, including aspirin combined with dipyridamole and clopidogrel bisulfate, has been found to further reduce the risk of stroke and other vascular events in patients who have experienced stroke or transient ischemic attack. However, their cost-effectiveness ratios relative to aspirin alone have not been estimated.
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A description is given of the ophthalmological protocol of the DAMAD (aspirin and dipyridamole + Aspirin) controlled clinical trial in diabetic retinopathy. The 450 patients included in this trial were insulin or noninsulin treated diabetics with an early diabetic retinopathy (i.e. at least five microaneurysms in the posterior pole and/or one zone of capillary non-perfusion). They were randomized in a double blind fashion to treatment with either placebo or aspirin 330 mg or aspirin 330 mg + dipyridamole 75 mg three times daily. A full ophthalmologic examination was performed annually on both eyes of each patient and followed at least three years. Data were recorded on a special form. The main assessment criteria were orientated toward the quantification of the retinal vascular micro-abnormalities, counting of microaneurysm and measurement of the central and peripheral avascular zones. Angiofluorographic photographs were standardized. The two eyes were photographed but only one reference eye was kept for the whole length of this study. A standard reading technique is now used by a technician in charge of coding the quality of the films, the dotting and numbering of the lesions.
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After stroke and transient ischemic attack there is a high early risk of recurrent stroke, particularly in large artery disease. It has been suggested more intensive antiplatelet regimens are required, but trial data are lacking. Treatment efficacy can be evaluated using transcranial Doppler detection of embolic signals. Ambulatory transcranial Doppler has recently been developed; prolonged recording may reduce subject numbers required to determine therapeutic efficacy. In a randomized trial (ISRCTN68019845) with blinded end point evaluation, we determined whether treatment with dipyridamole or clopidogrel, in addition to aspirin, was more effective at reducing embolization.
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In the present study, we could not show a significant influence of different antiplatelet regimens on TCD detected postoperative embolization following CEA.
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No correlation was found between AP use and recanalization rate and good outcome in patients with acute stroke who received IV rt-PA treatment. Prior AP use should not defer patients from receiving IV rt-PA treatment in an acute stroke setting.
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Anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents are underutilized in the nursing home setting, perhaps because trials demonstrating treatment efficacy excluded people resembling those with long-term care needs. We sought to quantify the effect of antiplatelet and anticoagulant agents on risk of hospitalization for bleeding among an elderly nursing home population.
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One hundred and one subjects were randomised to receive either aspirin 100 mg or aspirin 100 mg + dipyridamole 300 mg daily before undergoing coronary bypass surgery. The drugs were commenced at least 36 hours before operation and patients were followed for one year. There were three perioperative deaths and 37 withdrawals, of which 14 were drug related (aspirin four, aspirin + dipyridamole ten). Cineangiocardiograms at nine weeks and one year showed vein graft patency rates of 93% and 87% for subjects treated with aspirin alone; and 90% and 89% in those who received aspirin+dipyridamole. During the follow-up period 14% of 232 coronary lesions in the aspirin treated group advanced by more than two grades compared with 15% of 315 lesions in the aspirin+dipyridamole group. The study did not establish superiority of one regimen over another in terms of graft patency or progress of lesions in native vessels. However, low dose aspirin was better tolerated than combination therapy.
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In 674 upper gastrointestinal bleeders, we found that the odds ratio for the presence of erosive oesophagitis in aspirin users was 2 (95% CI, 1-3; P = 0.03) and 3 (2-5; P = 0.0003) in patients taking other antithrombotic agents. In 41 patients with oesophagitis and taking these drugs, 36 (88%) had cardiovascular disease and only 4 (10%) had peptic symptoms.
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Of 6377 patients (2085 ASA-ERDP; 4292 CLOPID) who met the selection criteria, mean (SD) age was 69 (13) years and 50% were male. Unadjusted mean total follow-up costs were lower for ASA-ERDP than CLOPID ($26,201 vs $30,349; p=0.002), of which average unadjusted medical and pharmacy costs were $22,094 vs $26,062 (p=0.003) and $4107 vs $4288 (p=0.119), respectively. Multivariate modeling indicated that the following were associated with higher total costs (all p<0.05): higher baseline Quan-Charlson comorbidity score, history of atrial fibrillation and myocardial infarction, index stroke hospitalization, death post-discharge, and index CLOPID use. Adjusted mean total follow-up costs for CLOPID were 9% higher than ASA-ERDP (cost ratio: 1.09; p=0.038).
Randomised long-term secondary prevention trials with concealed treatment allocation, treatment for more than one month, starting within six months after presentation of an arterial vascular disease were selected. Treatment consisted of dipyridamole with or without other antiplatelet drugs compared with no drug or an antiplatelet drug other than dipyridamole.
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Twenty dogs with naturally occurring metastatic tumors were treated with anticoagulants (Warfarin) or platelet enzyme inhibitor drugs (dipyridamole, dipyridamole plus aspirin, RA233, sulfinpyrazone, or a combination of RA233 and sulfinpyrazone) to determine if tumor-related reductions in platelet survival and concentration could be reversed. Anticoagulation was ineffective, while platelet enzyme inhibitors were able to produce improvements in platelet survival. Of the 18 dogs with metastatic tumor treated with platelet enzyme inhibitors, only 5 (28%) showed a reduction in platelet survival during the first week of observation on therapy compared to their baseline survivals. This is significantly different than the decreases in platelet survivals observed in 8 of 10 untreated dogs (80%) with metastatic tumor observed for the same interval. Furthermore, 8 of the 18 treated dogs (44%) had platelet survivals within 2 standard deviations of normal, compared to only 1 of 10 untreated dogs. Of the 8 dogs with normal platelet survivals, 6 were treated with a combination of a phosphodiesterase inhibitor (RA233 or dipyridamole) and a cyclooxygenase inhibitor (sulfinpyrazone or aspirin). The combination of RA233 and sulfinpyrazone was the best drug program tested and resulted in normal platelet survivals in 63% and improved platelet counts in 75% of the animals treated. Thus, platelet enzyme inhibitors with different mechanisms of action may have a synergistic effect in reversing the abnormal platelet hemostasis found in a variety of spontaneously occurring canine neoplasms.
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Ischemic stroke is generally the result of an atherothrombotic process leading to vessel obstruction or narrowing. Of the two types of ischemic stroke, thrombotic stroke is caused by a thrombus that develops within the cerebral vasculature, while embolic stroke arises from a distant embolus that lodges in a cerebral artery. The neurologic manifestations of stroke depend on the location of injury in the brain and the degree of ischemia or infarction. Symptoms may be reversible or irreversible and range from sensory deficits to hemiplegia. Risk factors for development of ischemic stroke include hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, smoking, atrial fibrillation, prior stroke, and transient ischemic attack. Tissue plasminogen activator is currently the only available drug treatment for acute ischemic stroke. Stroke recurrence rates are high (about 40% over 5 years), and all ischemic stroke patients should receive antithrombotic therapy (unless contraindicated) for secondary prevention. Of the oral antiplatelet therapies, aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix--Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership), and the extended-release dipyridamole plus aspirin combination are acceptable first-line agents, while anticoagulants (warfarin) are preferred in patients with atrial fibrillation.
An overview analysis of seven randomized controlled trials testing the effectiveness of aspirin in the treatment of patients with transient ischemic attacks and minor strokes was performed. A total of 6409 patients from the seven trials was entered in the analysis; 2182 patients received only aspirin; 1598 patients received an aspirin-combination regimen with either sulfinpyrazone or dipyridamole; and 2629 subjects received a placebo. Aspirin alone produced an 18% decrease in all strokes and cardiovascular deaths. The pooling of studies examining aspirin-combination regimens and the larger grouping of studies of aspirin and aspirin-combination regimens led to more striking results. Indeed, significant risk reductions were observed for three of the four outcomes, namely, total deaths, total strokes, and total strokes and cardiovascular deaths, with odds ratios ranging from 0.59 to 0.78. Suggestive, albeit more modest, results were obtained when examining the impact of these regimens on total cardiovascular mortality. The same tendencies have also been observed in three previously published meta-analyses.
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To qualitatively and quantitatively examine the risk for recurrent stroke and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) linked to long-term dual- and single-antiplatelet therapy among patients with ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack.
Mitral valve prolapse is usually a benign condition, however, serious complications have been reported to be associated with it. A report of retinal artery occlusion associated with mitral valve prolapse and pregnancy is presented.
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Thirty-five patients with gangrene or pregangrene of the feed associated with palpable peripheral pulses have been treated with the platelet suppressive drugs aspirin and dipyridamole. Sulphinpyrazone was substituted for two patients who could not tolerate aspirin. Complete reversal of the signs and symptoms occurred in more than 50% of the treated patients. Recurrence of pain occurred in the five patients in whom antiplatelet therapy was discontinued. Reversal of symptoms was again achieved by reintroduction of the drugs. An increased incidence of spontaneous platelet aggregation and hypersensitive platelets was observed in those patients who responded to platelet suppressive therapy. These results indicate that platelet suppressive therapy is of therapeutic value in selected patients with peripheral gangrene.
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