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Vol. 108, No. 4, 2007
Issue release date: November 2007
Section title: Original Research – Clinical Trial Design
Cardiology 2007;108:265–272
(DOI:10.1159/000096988)

Efficacy and Safety of Clopidogrel 600 mg Administered Pre-Hospitally to Improve Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction (CIPAMI): Study Rationale and Design

Zeymer U. · Arntz H.-R. · Darius H. · Huber K. · Senges J.
aHerzzentrum Ludwigshafen und Institut für Herzinfarktforschung, Ludwigshafen, bMedizinische Klinik II, Kardiologie und Pulmonologie, Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin, and cVivantes Klinikum Berlin-Neukölln, Klinik für Innere Medizin, Kardiologie, Berlin, Germany; dWilhelminenspital, III. Medical Department, Internal Medicine, Vienna, Austria

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Abstract of Original Research – Clinical Trial Design

Received: 6/20/2006
Accepted: 8/30/2006
Published online: 11/14/2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0008-6312 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9751 (Online)

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Abstract

Clopidogrel, in combination with acetylsalicylic acid, has become a mainstay of the pharmacological therapy for patients with acute coronary syndromes, especially in those undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). While a series of studies has shown that pre-treatment with a loading dose of clopidogrel 300 or 600 mg prior to PCI is effective in reducing cardiovascular complications, the optimal dose and timing in various patient groups is still unclear. The primary objective of the present randomized, open-label Clopidogrel to Improve Primary percutaneous coronary Intervention in Acute Myocardial Infarction (CIPAMI) study is to evaluate the efficacy and the safety of a 600 mg loading dose of clopidogrel in addition to standard acetylsalicylic acid/heparin treatment in the pre-hospital setting in 654 patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction scheduled for primary PCI. The primary efficacy endpoint is the TIMI 2/3 patency of the infarct-related artery immediately prior to PCI. The rationale, design and methods of this study are described.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Research – Clinical Trial Design

Received: 6/20/2006
Accepted: 8/30/2006
Published online: 11/14/2006

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0008-6312 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9751 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRD


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