Oral Antiplatelet Therapy in Coronary Disease

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid


Ischemic heart disease is the major isolated cause of death worldwide, responsible for 7,249,000 deaths in 2008, 12.7% of deaths from any causes. The inhibition of platelet activation and aggregation is an important therapeutic target. Cyclooxygenase inhibitors and thienopyridines are currently the 2 most used pharmacological classes, but novel antiplatelet agents have currently an important role. The most recent thienopyridine, prasugrel, allows an irreversible inhibition of the P2Y12 platelet receptor associated to a faster and more consistent onset of action rather the previous antiplatelet agents of the same class. Cyclopentyl-triazolo-pyrimidines, a newer pharmacological class from which ticagrelor is an example, also act at the P2Y12 platelet receptor, and like prasugrel, ticagrelor inhibits platelet aggregation in a fast and consistent manner, however, in a reversible way. This article aims to conduct a review on the literature about the most recent information and guidelines on oral antiplatelet agents available for the management of coronary disease.

    loading  Loading Related Articles