Dimitrios Alexopoulos

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Dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor blocker is a key strategy to reduce platelet reactivity and to prevent thrombotic events in patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention. In an earlier consensus document, we proposed cutoff values for high on-treatment platelet reactivity to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Ticagrelor and prasugrel provide stronger platelet inhibition compared with clopidogrel. Direct pharmacodynamic comparison between them has not yet been reported in ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction patients. METHODS AND RESULTS In a prospective, single-center, single-blind study, 55 out of 117 (47%) screened consecutive(More)
AIMS TOTAL (N = 10 732), a randomized trial of routine manual thrombectomy vs. percutaneous coronary intervention alone in ST elevation myocardial infarction, showed no difference in the primary efficacy outcome but a significant increase in stroke. We sought to understand these findings. METHODS AND RESULTS A detailed analysis of stroke timing, stroke(More)
OBJECTIVES The primary aim of the study was to determine the antiplatelet effects of prasugrel versus high-dose clopidogrel in patients with high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HTPR) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and, secondarily, their relation to cytochrome (CYP) 2C19*2 carriage. BACKGROUND High on-treatment platelet reactivity after(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether weight loss after bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) is associated with changes in aortic function (an important determinant of left ventricular function) and in left ventricular function, in morbidly obese individuals 3 and 36 months after surgery. METHODS We used echocardiography to evaluate 60 obese individuals [body(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with beta-thalassemia major (beta-TM) demonstrate an increased incidence of vascular complications, which are thought to result from a procoagulant/proinflammatory environment. We investigated the arterial vasorelaxing capacity and sought for early carotid atherosclerosis and underlying pathophysiological correlates in these(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of remote ischemic post-conditioning (RIPC) by repeated intermittent balloon inflations in preventing acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND AKI complicating PCI is(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory processes have been identified as key mediators of the deleterious effects of ischemia/reperfusion in ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction. Colchicine is a substance with potent anti-inflammatory properties, suitable for safe use in patients with cardiovascular disease. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that(More)
As mechanisms of sepsis pathophysiology have been elucidated with time, sepsis may be considered nowadays, as an uncontrolled inflammatory and pro-coagulant response to a pathogen. In this cascade of events, platelets play a key role, via interaction with endothelial cells and modulation of both innate and adaptive immune system. In that manner, inhibition(More)
BACKGROUND P2Y12 inhibitor switching has appeared in clinical practice as a consequence of prasugrel and ticagrelor availability, apart from clopidogrel, for use in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS In the context of the GReek AntiPlatelet REgistry (GRAPE) we assessed the prevalence,(More)