Encyclopedia of Heart Diseases

2011 Edition
| Editors: M. Gabriel Khan

Antiplatelet Agents

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-60761-219-3_16


Aspirin was the only antiplatelet agent available from the 1970s to the 1980s. Several agonists including thromboxane A 2 (TXA 2), adenosine diphosphate (ADP), thrombin, serotonin, epinephrine, and collagen can activate the  platelet and provide the essentials for thrombosis to occur. Aspirin inhibits the production of thromboxane A 2, a powerful platelet-aggregating agent, by its effect on the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). Over the past 2 decades, the appropriate use of aspirin, clopidogrel, and platelet glyco protein receptor blockers has improved mortality and morbidity in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).
  • Two agents, ticagrelor and prasugrel, have been added to the therapeutic armamentarium, and hope prevails.

These cardioactive drugs are useful in the prevention of  thrombi in coronary arteries and those arteries that supply the brain, but they are much less effective in preventing thrombi that occur in veins. They are beneficial in the treatment of acute  myocardi...

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