Start of Antiplatelet Therapy Increases the Prevalence of Intraplaque Hemorrhage in Patients With Advanced Carotid Artery Lesions: A Longitudinal MR Imaging Study

Introduction: Intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) is an important feature of plaque vulnerability. Patients with a history of transient ischemic attack or stroke are treated with platelet aggregation inhibitors to prevent secondary myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Although antiplatelet medication is effective in reduction of clot formation, it also has adverse effects. It has therefore been hypothesized that platelet aggregation inhibitors could also initiate the onset or progression of IPH. A histopathological study on 154 carotid endarterectomy plaques found that preoperative antiplatelet therapy was associated with an increase in the prevalence of repeated IPH in symptomatic carotid plaques.
Source: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Herz - Category: Cardiology Tags: Herz Source Type: research
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Source: The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Intern Med Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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Source: Drugs and Aging - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Conclusions: Research on the long-term comparative effectiveness, safety, and effects on quality of life between rivaroxaban and other novel oral anticoagulants is urgently needed.
Source: American Journal of Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Review Source Type: research
This study is also a reminder that the health impact of a particular intervention (such as diet) may not be easy to predict or explain. In most cases, the risk of stroke and heart disease tend to rise or fall together, but that wasn’t the case in this research. Beware the study’s limitations This study linking a vegetarian diet with a higher risk of hemorrhagic stroke has a number of important limitations that should temper the concerns of vegetarians. The study was observational. That means it simply observed what happened among different people who followed different diets over time, without being able to ac...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Healthy Eating Heart Health Hypertension and Stroke Source Type: blogs
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Source: Cardiovascular and Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry - Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem Source Type: research
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Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: J Biomed Mater Res A Source Type: research
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Source: Indian Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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