Clopidogrel Therapy Discontinuation Following Drug Eluting Stent Implantation in Real World Practice in Israel

Miry Blich, Tawfiq Zeidan Shwiri, Sirouch Petcherski, Azriel B Osherov, Haim Hammerman


Background: Incidence and predictors of clopidogrel discontinuation after drug eluting stent (DES) implantation, in real world practice, are poorly known.

Methods: Prospective study included all patients who underwent implantation of at least one DES between February 2006 and January 2007. Predictors of clopidogrel discontinuation were assessed by a multivariable analysis.

Results: In 269 patients, mean period for clopidogrel therapy was 13.2 ± 7.2 month. Twenty eight patients (10.4%) discontinued clolopidogrel prematurely (< 3 months). Early clopidogrel discontinuation was a predictor of late stent thrombosis (P = 0.005) and urgent target vessel revascularization (P = 0.05). There was a trend for higher cardiac mortality among that group (P = 0.07). By 12 months, 173 patients (64.3%) have discontinued clopidogrel therapy. The most frequent circumstance to stop clopidogrel before 12 months was recommendation of family physician. Patients that were followed by cardiologist were more encouraged to longer clopidogrel therapy. In multivariable analysis being non Jew (OR 19.2, 95% CI 2.4 to 142, P = 0.005), not followed by cardiologist (OR 4.7, 95% CI 1 to 23.1, P = 0.05) and lack of information regarding the importance of clopidogrel maintenance at discharge from hospital (OR 10.8, 95% CI 2.7 to 42.9, P = 0.001) were independent predictors of early clopidogrel discontinuation.

Conclusions: Clopidogrel discontinuation, in real world practice is not unusual and related to poor outcome. Education for general physicians, clear instructions about the importance of antiplatelet maintenance at discharge and follow up by an expert cardiologist are opportunities to improve adherence do antiplatelet therapy following DES implantation.

Cardiol Res. 2012;3(2):67-72


Clopidogrel Therapy; Discontinuation; Drug Eluting Stent; Implantation

Full Text: HTML PDF

Browse  Journals  


Journal of clinical Medicine Research

Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics

World Journal of Oncology

Gastroenterology Research

Journal of Hematology

Journal of Medical Cases

Journal of Current Surgery

Clinical Infection and Immunity

Cardiology Research

World Journal of Nephrology and Urology

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Research

Journal of Neurology Research

International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics






Cardiology Research, bimonthly, ISSN 1923-2829 (print), 1923-2837 (online), published by Elmer Press Inc.            
The content of this site is intended for health care professionals.

This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted
non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Creative Commons Attribution license (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0)

This journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals,
the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

website:   editorial contact:
Address: 9225 Leslie Street, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3H6, Canada

© Elmer Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.