Impact of antiplatelet therapy on clinical manifestations and outcomes of cardiovascular infections

Ammar Habib, Larry M. Baddour, M. Rizwan Sohail

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Abstract

Despite advances in medical and surgical management, infective endocarditis remains associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Septic embolization to the brain and other organs is one of the most dreaded complications of infective endocarditis. Given the critical role of platelets in bacterial vegetation formation on cardiac valves or cardiac device leads, antiplatelet agents, including aspirin, have recently generated much interest as adjunctive therapies in cardiovascular infections. In this article, we review the published evidence evaluating the role of platelets in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular infections and the rationale for using antiplatelet agents in these infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-352
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Aspirin
  • Cardiovascular implantable electronic device
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Platelets
  • Vegetations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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