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Cardiovascular highlights from non-cardiology journals
  1. Steven M Bradley, JournalScan Editor

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Antiplatelet therapy in long-term risk reduction after myocardial infarction

The activated platelet is central to development of ischemic cardiovascular events. Guidelines recommend treatment with a P2Y12 receptor antagonist for 1-year after myocardial infarction (MI) to reduce the risk of recurrent events. The PEGASUS trial sought to determine the impact of using the P2Y12 antagonist ticagrelor as part of long-term therapy after MI. In this trial, a total of 21,162 clinically stable patients with a MI in the prior 1 to 3 years (median 18 months) were randomized in a 1:1:1 fashion to either placebo, ticagrelor 90mg twice daily, or ticagrelor 60mg twice daily. All patients remained on aspirin and standard secondary prevention as tolerated. Follow up was for a median of 33 months with …

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