This was a randomized, single-blind pilot study conducted at an outpatient center in the United States. Eligible patients were aged 40 years and had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and a history of TIA. Patients were allocated to receive ER-DP+ASA 200/25 mg BID, clopidogrel 75 mg/d, or clopidogrel 75 mg/d plus ASA 81 mg/d. Multiple platelet bio-markers were assessed at baseline, day 15, and day 30 using aggregometry, cartridge-based platelet function analyzers, and flow cytometry. The primary end point was the change in platelet receptor expression after 30 days of therapy. Compliance and tolerability were monitored by measuring plasma dipyridamole levels and recording all episodes of headache and vomiting.
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The antithrombotic effect of dipyridamole is through phosphodiesterase inhibition and depends on stimulation of platelet cyclic A.M.P. by circulating prostacyclin in the bloodstream. Low doses of aspirin selectively inhibit platelet cyclooxygenase and potentiate the antithrombotic effects of dipyridamole and theophylline. High doses of aspirin also prevent prostacyclin formation, thereby abolishing the effects of dipyridamole. Thus, the antithrombotic effectiveness of the combination of aspirin and dipyridamole depends critically on the doses used.
In acute ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), aspirin is recommended to all patients (except immediately following thrombolysis). Heparin and anticoagulant therapy using vitamin K antagonists should be avoided in the acute phase. Secondary preventive antithrombotic treatment includes anticoagulation in patients with cardioembolic stroke and antiplatelet agents aspirin possibly combined with dipyridamole or clopidogrel alone in patients with non-cardioembolic stroke. Other individual risks may modify this treatment regimen.
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The meta-analysis of trials involving aspirin alone against placebo showed a risk reduction on strokes (17% reduction, p = 0.02), "important vascular events", i.e. a combination of vascular deaths, non-fatal strokes and non-fatal myocardial infarction (18% reduction, p = 0.003). Fatal vascular events (vascular deaths and fatal strokes) did not seem to be reduced at all. The overall mortality was reduced by 10%, but this reduction failed to reach statistical significance (p = 0.23). The meta-analysis of trials involving aspirin combined with dipyridamole showed more important risk reductions on every outcome whether fatal or not. Strokes were reduced by 42% (p < 0.001), fatal strokes by 43% (p = 0.02) and vascular deaths by 24% (p = 0.07, not significant). The overall mortality was reduced by 30% (p = 0.004). Direct comparisons of aspirin with aspirin plus dipyridamole did not indicate differences between the two treatment regimens. However the sample sizes involved in these comparisons were far too small to be informative. Indirect comparisons yielded statistically significant results in favour of the combination in terms of "important vascular events" (p = 0.007), all strokes (p = 0.007) and fatal strokes (p = 0.03). The results were also in favour of the combination but not statistically significant in terms of all deaths (p = 0.10) and vascular deaths (p = 0.08).
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This study evaluated the pony as a potentially suitable model for vascular implant research. Healthy, conditioned ponies were randomly assigned to one of three groups: group I, carotid artery autografts (n = 6); group II, e-PTFE carotid interpositional grafts (n = 5); and group III, e-PTFE carotid interpositional grafts plus aspirin (10 mg/kg) and dipyridamole (3.5 mg/kg) drug administration. It was found that autografts remained patent longest (mean = 396.2 days; grafts were still patent at time of writing) followed by group III grafts (157.5 days), with group II grafts remaining patent for the shortest duration (61.1 days), (p less than 0.01). Patency was determined using two-dimensional real-time ultrasonography with Doppler velocimetry and/or arteriography. It was demonstrated that the pony's response to antithrombotic drugs was consistent and comparable to that in other animal models, both with respect to platelet function and affect on patency rate. The combination of the ease of surgical manipulation, drug administration, and platelet function testing, the comparable size of the pony and its heart and blood vessels to that of an adult human, the long life span of ponies, and the patency results of this study have demonstrated that the pony is a valuable animal model for vascular research.
Late reocclusion of the patent infarct-related artery is a frequent event, occurring in 25% of patients. Antiplatelet therapy with the combination of aspirin and dipyridamole does not alter the overall rate of late reocclusion. Other strategies are required to reduce late reocclusion.
Aspirin is the drug of choice in most patients with acute stroke, if thrombolysis is contraindicated. Heparin is only used in acute stroke due to cerebral venous thrombosis, extracranial carotid or vertebral artery dissection and cardiac emboli with high risk of recurrence. In the prevention of recurrent stroke in patients with a noncardioembolic ischemic stroke antiplatelet agents are used. Aspirin is the first-line agent. Clopidogrel or a combination aspirin/dipyridamol are recommended for patients with several risk factors or recurrent cerebrovascular events. Warfarin has demonstrated a clear efficacy in stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, cerebral venous thrombosis and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Other, less well established possible indications for warfarin in the secondary prevention of stroke are symptomatic intracranial artery stenosis, large aortic atheroma, extracranial carotid or vertebral artery dissection and patent foramen ovale.
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Three patients with sickle-cell disease (SSD) were followed, weekly, for 1 1/2 to 2 years, during which time they experienced one or more episodes of crisis. Crisis was associated with reproducible sequential hemostatic alterations indicating intravascular fibrin formation and a marked disturbance in platelet economy. With crisis onset, or possibly before, there was an increase in plasma high-molecular-weight fibrinogen complexes and a transient fall in platelet count, with a subsequent rise in both fibrinogen concentration and platelet count; plasma fibrinogen peaked 1 week after crisis onset and platelet count approximately 2 weeks after onset. Subsidence of crisis was associated with a fall in high-molecular-weight fibrinogen complexes and a subsequent increase in fibrinogen first derivative, an early fibrinogen breakdown product. Hemostatic findings and patient clinical status were generally correlated, the findings during asymptomatic periods being essentially normal. Agents affecting platelet function (aspirin alone or in combination with dipyridamole) appeared to reduce the extent of laboratory abnormality, suggesting potential clinical usefulness in this disorder.
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We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in The Cochrane Library (issue 2, 2011), MEDLINE (until April 2011) and EMBASE (until May 2011). We also performed a manual search, checking references of original articles and pertinent reviews to identify additional studies.
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Intracoronary dipyridamole before PTCA reduces the incidence of abrupt vessel closure following PTCA for stable angina and acute coronary syndromes.
The safety and efficacy of antiplatelet therapy in patients with ischemic stroke, including a discussion of recent trial data and its influence on treatment guidelines, are presented. A brief discussion of the use of antiplatelet therapy in preventing stroke and embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation is also presented. For secondary prevention of ischemic events in patients with a history of stroke, clinical trials have shown the addition of dipyridamole to aspirin to be more effective than aspirin alone. The therapies are also similar from a standpoint of bleeding. The combination of aspirin and clopidogrel was not shown to be more efficacious and caused more bleeding than aspirin alone when evaluated for secondary prevention. However, dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel may have some benefit in the acute stroke setting or in the prevention of thrombotic events in patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot or will not take warfarin.
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Several case control studies have reported an increased risk of cardiovascular events following discontinuation of antiplatelet agents in high-risk patients. We therefore sought to investigate the risk of recurrent stroke and cardiovascular events following discontinuation of antiplatelet study medication in the Prevention Regimen for Effectively Avoiding Second Strokes (PRoFESS) trial, a large randomized secondary stroke prevention study.
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Drugs that simultaneously decrease platelet function and inflammation may improve the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. Here, we determined whether dipyridamole and aspirin, a combination therapy used to prevent recurrent stroke, regulates gene expression in platelet-monocyte inflammatory model systems.
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At 13 centers in the United States, 649 patients were randomly assigned to receive dipyridamole plus aspirin (321 patients) or placebo (328 patients) over a period of 4.5 years, with 6 additional months of follow-up. The incidence of primary unassisted patency at 1 year was 23% (95% confidence interval [CI], 18 to 28) in the placebo group and 28% (95% CI, 23 to 34) in the dipyridamole-aspirin group, an absolute difference of 5 percentage points. Treatment with dipyridamole plus aspirin significantly prolonged the duration of primary unassisted patency (hazard ratio, 0.82; 95% CI, 0.68 to 0.98; P=0.03) and inhibited stenosis. The incidences of cumulative graft failure, death, the composite of graft failure or death, and serious adverse events (including bleeding) did not differ significantly between study groups.
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Patients enrolled in clinical trials after nondisabling cerebral ischemia have an annual risk of vascular events (death from all vascular causes, nonfatal stroke, or nonfatal myocardial infarction) of 4% to 11%. Aspirin reduces the incidence by 13%. Many trials in patients presenting with vascular disease investigated the efficacy of (addition of) dipyridamole in secondary prevention. We systematically compared the efficacy and safety of dipyridamole versus control in the presence and absence of other antiplatelet drugs in clinical trials on the secondary prevention of vascular events in patients with vascular disease.
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While transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a well-known harbinger of ischemic stroke, the mechanisms that link TIA to subsequent strokes remain poorly understood. The overall aim of this study was to determine whether: 1) brief periods of transient cerebral ischemia render this tissue more vulnerable to thrombus development and 2) antiplatelet agents used in TIA patients alter ischemia-induced thrombogenesis.
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Patients with prosthetic heart valves are at increased risk for valve thrombosis and arterial thromboembolism. Oral anticoagulation alone, or the addition of antiplatelet drugs, has been used to minimize this risk. An important issue is the effectiveness and safety of the latter strategy.
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Most strokes were embolic. Linearized embolic stroke rates were 1.3% +/- 0.2% per year for aortic bioprostheses, 1.4% +/- 0.2% per year for aortic mechanical valves, 1.3% +/- 0.3% per year for mitral bioprostheses, and 2.3% +/- 0.4% per year for mitral mechanical valves (p = 0.002, vs other implant types). Age more than 75 years, female gender, and smoking were independent risk factors after aortic and mitral valve replacement. Atrial fibrillation, coronary disease, and tilting-disc mechanical prostheses were independent predictors of embolic stroke after aortic valve replacement. Preoperative left ventricular (LV) dysfunction was an independent risk factor in patients with mitral prostheses. Primary operative indication, diabetes, redo status, or the presence of two prosthetic valves were not associated with an increased hazard. The addition of acetyl salicylic or dipyridamole to warfarin anticoagulation did not significantly lower embolic stroke risk in patients with mechanical prostheses.
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We performed a cost-utility analysis, using a decision analysis tree model with a 12-month time horizon and a third party payer perspective. Interventions included DASA with and without concurrent aspirin, aspirin alone, and no prophylaxis. The modeled population was defined as adult (≥ 18 years of age) end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients who had undergone placement of a new AVG in the United States. The outcomes were costs, quality-adjusted life-years (QALY), incremental cost-effectiveness ratios, and net monetary benefit. Probabilities were based upon published studies performed by the DAC Study Group while costs of medications and procedures were drawn from public sources. Utilities of health states were derived from published reports and the Short Form 6D (SF-6D) instrument.
Intracoronary dipyridamole significantly reduced the incidence of abrupt vessel closure (odds ratio 0.42. 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.22 to 0.79). While abrupt vessel closure occurred in 6.1% of interventions following conventional pretreatment, dipyridamole reduced the incidence to 2.5%. Restricting the analysis to balloon angioplasty, this reduction was observed in patients with stable angina (odds ratio 0.49, 95% CI 0.23 to 0.96) as well as in those with acute coronary syndromes (odds ratio 0.29, 95% CI 0.09 to 0.87). Reduction of secondary end points in the dipyridamole treated patients failed to reach significance in the PTCA group.
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Clopidogrel and the combination of acetylsalicylic acid and dipyridamole were associated with similar risks for recurrent ischemic stroke and bleeding; whereas acetylsalicylic acid was associated with higher risks for both ischemic stroke and bleeding. The latter finding may partially be explained by selection bias.
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The recognition that stroke and other ischemic events are manifestations of chronic progressive inflammation has had a great impact on the development of prevention strategies. The most recent American Heart Association guidelines recommend combination aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole over aspirin alone for patients with prior ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack. Although aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole have long been recognized for their antiplatelet activities, there is now evidence that these drugs also have complementary antiinflammatory properties that contribute to improved outcomes when used to prevent secondary stroke. In the Second European Stroke Prevention Study (ESPS-2), the addition of extended-release dipyridamole to low-dose aspirin significantly reduced the risk of recurrent ischemic stroke without significantly increasing bleeding. Also, in the recent European/Australasian Stroke Prevention in Reversible Ischaemia Trial (ESPRIT), a combination of aspirin and extended-release dipyridamole was superior to aspirin alone for reducing the occurrence of the primary combined end point of vascular death, nonfatal stroke, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and major bleeding complications. The added benefit without worsening bleeding may be attributable, in part, to the antiinflammatory actions of this combination therapy.
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Combination therapy with dipyridamole and aspirin reduces not only the risk of cerebrovascular ischemic events but also the risk of myocardial infarction.
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The middle cerebral artery of C57BL/6 mice was occluded for 2.5-10min, followed by reperfusion periods of 1-28days. Intravital microscopy was used to monitor thrombus development in cerebral microvessels induced by light/dye photoactivation. Thrombosis was quantified as the time to platelet aggregation on the vessel wall and the time for complete blood flow cessation. While brief periods of cerebral ischemia were not associated with neurological deficits or brain infarction (evaluated after 1day), it yielded a pronounced and prolonged (up to 28days) acceleration of thrombus formation, compared to control (sham) mice. This prothrombotic phenotype was not altered by pre- and/or post-treatment of mice with either aspirin (A), clopidogrel (C), dipyridamole (D), or atorvastatin (S), or with A+D+S.
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We showed that slower than standard dose escalation of dipyridamole in combination therapy with acetylsalicylic acid does not reduce headaches as a side effect. The use of such schemes should be discontinued in clinical practice. Slow dose escalation might, however, reduce the number of patients who discontinue treatment, but further research is needed to confirm this.
Four drugs that inhibit platelet function have been evaluated for their antithrombotic effects in humans. These are aspirin, dipyridamole, hydroxychloroquine and sulphinpyrazone. Aspirin has been shown to reduce the number of transient ischemic attacks (TIA), stroke and death in patients with multiple TIA. The reduction in TIA was greatest in males who were normotensive and when there was an angiographically demonstrated lesion in the carotid artery that accounted for the symptoms. Aspirin reduced venous thrombosis and non-fatal and fatal pulmonary embolism in patients after surgery for fractured hip and after elective hip replacement. There is evidence that the prophylactic effect of aspirin may be greater in male patients. Aspirin reduced the frequency of arteriovenous shunt thrombosis. Aspirin abolished symptoms in patients with peripheral ischemia associated with thrombocytosis and spontaneous platelet aggregation. There is no conclusive evidence at the present time that aspirin is effective in patients with coronary artery artery disease. Dipyridamole in combination with oral anticoagulants is effective in reducing the frequency of systemic embolism in patients with prosthetic heart valve replacement but is ineffective in patients with transient cerebral ischemic attacks or for the prevention of venous thromboembolism. Hydroxychloroquine was effective in reducing postoperative venous thrombosis in patients undergoing general abdominothoracic surgery but the evidence that it was effective in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery is inconclusive. Sulphinpyrazone may be effective in reducing the frequency of sudden cardiac deaths in patients in the first year after myocardial infarction when it is started within 25 to 35 days after the infarction. Sulphinpyrazone reduced the incidence of arteriovenous shunt thrombosis in patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis and in combination with anticoagulants, it reduced the frequency of recurrent venous thrombosis. There have been no large scale trials of platelet suppressant drugs in clinical cancer and successful treatment of thromboembolic disorders cannot be used to predict success in the treatment of malignant disease.
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A secondary subgroup analysis of the European Stroke Prevention Study of the effect of antiplatelet medication on the risk of myocardial infarction.
Interventional pain management is a specialty that utilizes invasive procedures to diagnose and treat chronic pain. Patients undergoing these treatments may be receiving exogenous anticoagulants and antithrombotics. Even though the risk of major bleeding is very small, the consequences can be catastrophic. However, the role of antithrombotic therapy for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease to decrease the incidence of acute cerebral and cardiovascular events is also crucial. Overall, there is a paucity of literature on the subject of bleeding risk in interventional pain management along with practice patterns and perioperative management of anticoagulant and anti-thrombotic therapy.