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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 386074, 3 pages
Clinical Study

Pharmacodynamic Effect of Clopidogrel in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, University Hospital Vinohrady, Cardiocenter, Srobarova 50, 100 34 Prague 10, Czech Republic

Received 12 April 2013; Accepted 25 June 2013

Academic Editor: Namal Wijesinghe

Copyright © 2013 Petr Tousek et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to analyze periprocedural and mid-term effect of clopidogrel on platelet function using the VerifyNow P2Y12 point-of-care assay in patients undergoing TAVI. Platelet reactivity was measured at the beginning of the procedure after 300 mg clopidogrel bolus administration and during the follow-up (at 1 month after the procedure) in 52 patients undergoing TAVI using the Medtronic CoreValve prosthesis (Medtronic CoreValve). A cutoff value of 240 PRU was used to identify nonresponders to clopidogrel treatment with high residual platelet reactivity (HRPR). Baseline HRPR was identified in 80% of patients and in 72% of patients during 6-month follow-up. There was no significant difference in the pharmacodynamic effects of clopidogrel on platelet reactivity from baseline to 6-months follow-up ( vs. ; ). Ischemic event occurred only in 3 patients (5.8%) from the study group. In conclusion, majority of patients undergoing TAVI had high residual platelet reactivity after pretreatment with 300 mg of clopidogrel and during the 6-month follow-up at dual antiplatelet treatment. The noneffectiveness of clopidogrel in the TAVI population raises the question of the routine use of dual antiplatelet treatment in this setting.