Effectiveness of Two-Year Clopidogrel plus Aspirin in Abolishing the Risk of Very Late Thrombosis After Drug-Eluting Stent Implantation (from the TYCOON [Two-Year ClOpidOgrel Need] Study)
It remains unclear whether dual antiplatelet therapy >12 months might carry a better prognosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DESs). To address the hypothesis that in the real world the risk of very late thrombosis after PCI with DESs can be decreased by an extended use of clopidogrel, we set up the Two-Year ClOpidOgrel Need (TYCOON) registry and prospectively investigated the impact on very late thrombosis of 12- versus 24-month dual antiplatelet regimens in an unselected population. The registry enrolled 897 consecutive patients who underwent PCI with stenting from January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2004, and had dual antiplatelet therapy. All patients had a 4-year clinical follow-up. In the 447 patients with DES implantation, the dual antiplatelet regimen after PCI was given for 12 months in the 173 patients treated in 2003 (12-month group) and for 24 months in the 274 patients treated in 2004 (24-month group). Comparison between groups did not reveal any significant difference in baseline clinical characteristics, angiographic and procedural features, and major adverse cardiac events. During follow-up, there were 5 cases of stent thrombosis after PCI in the 12-month DES group and 1 case in the 24-month DES group (p = 0.02). Specifically, there were 2 cases of subacute thrombosis (1 in each group), no case of late thrombosis, and 4 cases of very late thrombosis occurring at 13, 15, 17, and 23 months after DES implantation in the 12-month group only. In conclusion, a 2-year dual antiplatelet regimen with aspirin and clopidogrel can prevent the occurrence of very late stent thrombosis after PCI with DESs.
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