Current Cardiology Reports

, 15:321 | Cite as

Platelet Function Monitoring and Clopidogrel

  • Andrew R. Harper
  • Matthew J. PriceEmail author
New Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease (K Mahaffey, Section Editor)
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Antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a platelet P2Y12 receptor antagonist reduces thrombotic and ischemic events after percutaneous coronary intervention and acute coronary syndrome. The platelet inhibitory effect of the thienopyridine clopidogrel varies widely among individuals, and high on-treatment platelet reactivity has been associated with a substantial hazard for post-PCI cardiovascular events, including stent thrombosis. The clinical availability of ex vivo methods to measure the antiplatelet effect of P2Y12 antagonists raises the possibility that incorporating platelet function testing into clinical practice could facilitate a stratified and efficient approach to antiplatelet therapy following PCI, although data from definitive randomized trials supporting a routine approach are currently lacking.


Clopidogrel Platelet function testing Monitoring Thienopyridine 


Conflicts of interest

A.R. Harper: none; M.J. Price: has been a consultant for AstraZeneca, Daiichi-Sankyo/Eli Lilly and Co., Accumetrics, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Medicure, Merck, The Medicines Company, and BMS/Sanofi; and has received payment for development of educational presentations including service on speakers’ bureaus for AstraZeneca, DSI/Lilly, and modest equity interest in Iverson Genetics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medical SciencesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Scripps Clinic and Scripps Translational Science InstituteLa JollaUSA

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