Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) encompass a broad spectrum of clinical presentations based on underlying pathology that results in myocardial ischemia and/or infarction. Despite advancements in invasive management and secondary preventive therapies, recurrent atherothrombotic coronary events remain a prevalent cause of death and recurrent cardiac events after ACS and, in those who survive, the root of long-standing cardiac comorbidities. Antiplatelet drug therapy has proven beneficial in the reduction of these events, and novel antiplatelet agents have resulted in significant improvement in clinical outcomes over the last decade. However, the balance of optimal platelet inhibition with minimal bleeding complications remains a clinical challenge. This review focuses on more recent advances in antiplatelet therapies used in the treatment of ACS.
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Antiplatelet therapy
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine