Plavix shown to be safe for PCI patients
Plavix users will be happy to know that a recent study showed no added risk when undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention following this use of this drug and statins.
Plavix users will be happy to know that a recent study showed no added risk when undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention following this use of this drug and statins. Professionals from Massachusetts General Hospital recently conducted a study to evaluate the effects of calcium channel blockers and statins in addition to PCI.
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"Overall, in patients with an acute coronary syndrome undergoing PCI, the clinical efficacy of clopidogrel did not appear to be significantly modified by concomitant CCB and.or statin use," Dr. Michelle O'Donoghue, co-author of the study, said of the research.
Additionally, the researchers found that statins and CCBs had no influence on the effectiveness or safety of treatment. This means that previous concerns can be put to rest as health care professionals move forward with treatment.
However, anyone who is using Plavix should be aware of a few precautions. For instance, those who have a history with certain bleeding conditions, liver disease or who have recently experienced trauma or surgery should not use the drug. As a blood thinner, it may cause serious complications for recovery. This is why it's important for all patients to provide a thorough medical history with their doctors. A physician can also inform Plavix users of any side effects the drug may cause, such as stomach pain or easy bruising. These results may worsen when taken with certain medications.