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Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 1999 Nov;93(9):633-8.

[Antithrombotic therapy and follow-up of peripheral arterial occlusive disease].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Universit√§tsklinikum Frankfurt am Main.


In patients with arterial occlusive disease the following antithrombotic drugs are used to prevent new arterial thromboses: Unfractionated heparin (UFH) and low molecular weight heparins (LMWH): UFH is frequently used perioperatively in patients with vascular reconstructions and after peripheral percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Only one study on the longterm use of a LMWH after operative revascularization has been published, where LMWH led to an increased patency rate in comparison to acetylsalicylic acid + dipyridamol. Vitamin-K-antagonists were effective in the prevention of new vascular occlusions in studies published in the 1970ies. Platelet function inhibitors (aspirine, ticlopidine and clopidogrel): Aspirine reduced reocclusions after vascular surgery and PTA. Ticlopidine was effective in the Swedish Ticlopidine-Multicenter-Trial in the prevention of ischemic heart disease and also reduced the need for vascular surgery. In the CAPRIE-study clopidogrel reduced myocardial infarctions in patients with peripheral arterial disease in comparison to aspirine.

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