Randomized Trial of Warfarin, Aspirin, and Clopidogrel in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity. The role of antithrombotic therapy in patients with chronic heart failure has long been debated. The objective of this study was to determine the optimal antithrombotic agent for heart failure patients with reduced ejection fractions who are in sinus rhythm. METHODS AND RESULTS: This prospective, randomized clinical trial of open-label warfarin (target international normalized ratio of 2.5 to 3.0) and double-blind treatment with either aspirin (162 mg once daily) or clopidogrel (75 mg once daily) had a 30-month enrollment period and a minimum of 12 months of treatment. We enrolled 1587 men and women >/=18 years of age with symptomatic heart failure for at least 3 months who were in sinus rhythm and had left ventricular ejection fraction of

authors

  • Massie, Barry M
  • Collins, Joseph F
  • Ammon, Susan E
  • Armstrong, Paul W
  • Cleland, John GF
  • Ezekowitz, Michael
  • Jafri, Syed M
  • Krol, William F
  • O'Connor, Christopher M
  • Schulman, Kevin A
  • Teo, Koon
  • Warren, Stuart R

publication date

  • March 31, 2009

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