Monitoring of antiplatelet therapy


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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017. The variability of response to antiplatelet agents and its potential relation to the occurrence of recurrent ischemic events have stimulated the concept of antiplatelet therapy monitoring over the last decade. This has been driven further by the development of user-friendly point-of-care methods to assess platelet reactivity to adenosine diphosphate. Large observational studies have established an independent relation between the results of point-ofcare platelet function testing and adverse clinical outcomes, particularly in patients undergoing coronary artery stenting. Furthermore, the concept of a "therapeutic window" for P2Y12 receptor reactivity has been proposed, with an upper threshold associated with ischemic events and a lower threshold associated with bleeding. Prospective randomized trials have, however, failed to demonstrate that tailored antiplatelet therapy based on pointof- care assessment of platelet function is effective in reducing ischemic event occurrences. In the absence of robust prospective evidence to support a personalized approach, decisions regarding antiplatelet therapy rest on patient comorbidity, the large body of observational data, national and international guidelines, and recognition of the fundamental importance of platelet physiology in causing catastrophic events in those with high-risk coronary artery disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tantry, US; Myat, A; Gurbel, PA

Published Date

  • March 8, 2017

Book Title

  • Platelets in Thrombotic and Non-Thrombotic Disorders: Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics: an Update

Start / End Page

  • 671 - 679

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783319474601

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-47462-5_45

Citation Source

  • Scopus