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Randomised controlled trial
Long-term ticagrelor therapy in patients with prior myocardial infarction significantly reduces ischaemic events, albeit with increased bleeding
  1. Dimitrios Alexopoulos
  1. Patras University Hospital, Patras, Greece
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Patras University Hospital, Rio, Patras 26500, Greece; dalex{at}

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Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor antagonist constitute the cornerstone of treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with a recommended duration of 1 year.1 Nevertheless, high rates of atherothrombotic events, for which platelet activation is heavily implicated, still occur at later stages.2 Therefore, a longer duration of DAPT appears intuitive, albeit with bleeding and cost-effectiveness issues being of particular concern.


This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled, multinational trial involving patients >50 years old, …

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  • Competing interests DA has received speaker honoraria from AstraZeneca and advisory board fees from AstraZeneca, Boeringer Ingelheim, Bayer and the Medicines Company.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.