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Optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after drug eluting stent remains unclear

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2841
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Longer duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after implantation of a drug eluting stent is associated with fewer myocardial infarctions but more major bleeding than a shorter duration, a systematic review has found.

Current guidelines recommend six or 12 months of treatment with aspirin plus a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel, ticagrelor, or prasugrel) to reduce the risk of stent thrombosis. But the optimal duration of therapy …

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