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rs found that there was no difference in the rate of death at 30 days between placebo and pexelizumab treated patients, i.e., each experiencing a low death rate of 3.92 percent and 4.06 percent, respectively. The 30-day composite end point of death, cardiac shock, or heart failure was also similar between treatment groups (9.19 percent for placebo and 8.99 percent with pexelizumab). At 90 days death remained low and similar in both treatment groups, i.e., 4.51 percent and 4.93 percent for placebo and pexelizumab, respectively. The composite end point of death, shock, or heart failure was also similar at day 90.

‘It remains unclear whether other myocardial protection strategies including anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic [prevention of cell death], or metabolic manipulation might be successful. Whereas a proinflammatory state relates to worse outcomes, and we have previously shown that it can be modified by pexelizumab the extent to which inflammation is caused by vs. contributes to myocardial damage is unknown. Timing of administration of therapies and targeting high-risk patients most likely to benefit are likely important variables in the modulation of inflammation in the clinical setting. The lack of benefit of pexelizumab in APEX underscores the challenge of translating promising experimental treatments for myocardial protection to the clinic,' the authors write.

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