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Eur Heart J. 2002 Sep;23(18):1441-8.

Platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibition in acute coronary syndromes. Gradient of benefit related to the revascularization strategy.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 441995, USA.



To assess the efficacy of platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors in patients with acute coronary syndromes primarily medically managed.


We performed a meta-analysis of the randomized clinical trials of platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor therapy in the medical management of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes. Among 29570 patients, IIb/IIIa integrin blockade was associated with a reduction in death or non-fatal myocardial infarction at 30 days, from 11.5% to 10.7% (odds ratio 0.91,P =0.02). Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention during index hospitalization sustained a greater reduction in ischaemic events (odds ratio 0.82, P=0.01) than patients medically managed (odds ratio 0.95, P=0.27). Among patients undergoing intervention, the benefit was more pronounced if the procedure was performed during glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor infusion (odds ratio 0.74; P=0.02), than if revascularization was performed after drug discontinuation (odds ratio 0.87,P =0.17).


This analysis, including the entire large-scale trial experience of intravenous glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors in patients with acute coronary syndromes primarily medically managed, demonstrates an overall significant, albeit moderate, reduction in 30-day death or myocardial infarction associated with therapy. Although not based on a prospectively defined hypothesis, the findings suggest a gradient of benefit conferred by these agents depending on the revascularization strategy used.

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