Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor-thrombolytic combination therapy for acute myocardial infarction.

Abstract:

:Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a large decrease in the death and complication rate of patients experiencing acute myocardial infarction (MI), due to our ability to restore blood flow to infarct-related arteries. Therapies include strategies to inhibit platelet function and induce fibrinolysis, and mechanical reperfusion with percutaneous intervention. Despite decreases in morbidity and mortality with thrombolytic therapy, reperfusion rates remain less than optimal. With standard fibrinolytic therapy in combination with aspirin, it is thought that thrombolytic-induced platelet activation may be an important reason for failure to induce perfusion, or maintain reperfusion in the infarct-related artery. In the past 10 years we have moved from platelet inhibition with aspirin to newer, more potent platelet inhibitors such as glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa antagonists. Recent trials have evaluated the efficacy and safety of combining thrombolytic drugs with GP IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists. Future trends may use combination therapy as a part of a mechanical strategy, using these medications to induce early reperfusion as the patient is prepared for percutaneous intervention. This review summarizes recently published trials using combination thrombolytic and GP IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor therapy in the treatment of acute MI.

journal_name

Curr Cardiol Rep

authors

Maranian AM,Steinhubl SR

doi

10.1007/s11886-002-0067-8

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subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2002-07-01 00:00:00

pages

313-9

issue

4

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1523-3782

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1534-3170

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4

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