Reduction of Recurrent Ischemia With Abciximab During Continuous ECG-Ischemia Monitoring in Patients With Unstable Angina Refractory to Standard Treatment (CAPTURE)

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In the CAPTURE (c7E3 Fab Anti Platelet Therapy in Unstable REfractory angina) trial, 1265 patients with refractory unstable angina were treated with abciximab or placebo, in addition to standard treatment from 16 to 24 hours preceding coronary intervention through 1 hour after intervention. To investigate the incidence of recurrent ischemia and the ischemic burden, a subset of 332 patients (26%) underwent continuous vector-derived 12-lead ECG-ischemia monitoring.


Recurrent ischemia predicts MI or death within 5 days of follow-up. Treatment with abciximab is associated with a reduction of frequent ischemia and a reduction of total ischemic burden in patients with refractory unstable angina. As such, patients with ischemia derive particularly high benefit from abciximab. (Circulation. 1998;98:1358-1364.)

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