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American Stroke Association Late-Breaking Science Report: Antiplatelet Drug May Be Better Than Aspirin in Preventing Recurrent Strokes
Date:2/26/2010

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Antiplatelet drugs interfere with the blood's ability to clot.

In the randomized, double-blind study of nearly 2,700 stroke patients with non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke (stroke not caused by blood clots originating in the heart), those treated with cilostazol were 25.7 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who received aspirin.

Among the study's other findings:

  • Strokes occurred in 82 of the 1,337 cilostazol-treated patients (two strokes were fatal), during 2,965.9 person-years.  The 1,335-patient aspirin group suffered 119 strokes, including three deaths, over 3,203.6 person-years.  Person-years is the total time all patients in a group received their assigned drug.
  • A hemorrhagic stroke or hemorrhage that required hospitalization occurred in 23 patients taking cilostazol and 57 of those receiving aspirin — a significant difference.


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