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Antithrombotic strategies in elderly patients with acute coronary syndrome


Elderly patients represent a growing proportion of the acute coronary syndrome population in Western countries. However, their frequent atypical symptoms at presentation often lead to delays in management and to misdiagnosis. Furthermore, their prognosis is poorer than that of younger patients because of physiological changes in platelet function, haemostasis and fibrinolysis, but also a higher proportion of comorbidities and frailty, both of which increase the risk of recurrent thrombotic and bleeding events. This complex situation, with ischaemic and haemorrhagic risk factors often being intertwined, may lead to confusion about the required treatment strategy, sometimes resulting in inadequate management or even to therapeutic nihilism. It is therefore critical to provide a comprehensive overview of our understanding of the pathophysiological processes underlying acute coronary syndrome in elderly patients, and to summarise the results from the latest clinical trials to help decision making for these high-risk patients.
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hal-03770875 , version 1 (24-04-2023)




Jean-Guillaume Dillinger, Marc Laine, Sara Bouajila, Franck Paganelli, Patrick Henry, et al.. Antithrombotic strategies in elderly patients with acute coronary syndrome. Archives of cardiovascular diseases, 2021, 114 (3), pp.232-245. ⟨10.1016/j.acvd.2020.12.002⟩. ⟨hal-03770875⟩
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