Background: The effect of atorvastatin 10 mg vs 40 mg in clopidogrel resistance and clinical events after coronary stenting was compared in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods and Results: Platelet aggregation was measured before clopidogrel administration and 4h, 24 h, 5 days, and 8 months later in 130 ACS patients. Stented patients were randomly assigned to atorvastatin either 10 mg (n=65) or 40 mg (n=65), and received an oral loading dose of 300 mg of clopidogrel followed by 75 mg/day for 8 months. Measurement of platelet aggregation was done by the turbimetric method. The mean % changes in inhibition of platelet aggregation were 35.5±8.3, 50.9±10.1, 38.3±8.3, 40.0±6.8 in the Atorvastatin 10 mg Group and 31.0±7.6, 43.7±9.8, 45.0±10.3, 43.5±7.8 (4 h, 24 h, 5 days, and 8 months, respectively, after 300 mg of clopidogrel pretreatment) in the Atorvastatin 40 mg Group with no significant differences between the 2 groups. Cardiovascular events showed no significant differences during the follow-up. Conclusions: Atorvastatin 10 mg or 40 mg co-administered with clopidogrel for 8 months did not affect the anti-platelet potency of clopidogrel and showed no significant differences in the clinical events in ACS patients.
- Acute coronary syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine