The low-molecular-weight heparin dalteparin as adjuvant therapy in acute myocardial infarction: the ASSENT PLUS study.

Abstract

Rapid reperfusion of an infarct-related artery reduces the extent of myocardial damage and improves survival in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Currently, anticoagulant treatment with unfractionated heparin (UFH) is used as adjuvant therapy to fibrinolytic treatment. The low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) dalteparin is at least as effective as UFH in unstable coronary artery disease. The ASSENT PLUS trial was carried out to evaluate whether dalteparin is as effective as UFH as an adjunct to recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rt-PA) and aspirin in obtaining patency and Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI)-3 flow in patients with AMI. The primary assessment of this phase II trial was TIMI flow, determined by coronary angiography. Patients with ST-elevation MI were randomized to receive aspirin and either rt-PA and UFH for 48 h, or rt-PA and dalteparin for 4 to 7 days. Evaluation was by TIMI flow after 4 to 7 days and clinical events (death, reinfarction, or revascularization) up to 30 days. There was a clear trend toward greater TIMI 3 flow with dalteparin compared with UFH. There was significantly less TIMI 0-1 flow or thrombus in the dalteparin group. Bleeding rates were similar. The occurrence of reinfarction was reduced during dalteparin treatment. These findings suggest that dalteparin could be substituted for UFH as an adjunct to rt-PA/aspirin in the management of patients with AMI.

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@article{Wallentin2001TheLH, title={The low-molecular-weight heparin dalteparin as adjuvant therapy in acute myocardial infarction: the ASSENT PLUS study.}, author={Lars Wallentin and D M Dellborg and Bernt O Lindahl and Tage Nilsson and Kenneth Pehrsson and Ewa Swahn}, journal={Clinical cardiology}, year={2001}, volume={24 3 Suppl}, pages={I12-4} }