Harvard Heart Letter

Dual antiplatelet therapy after stenting

More than 12 months of treatment might not be necessary.

More than one million men and women in the United States undergo artery-opening angioplasty and stent placement each year as a nonsurgical alternative to open heart surgery. Afterwards, most take the combination of clopidogrel (Plavix) and aspirin (called "dual antiplatelet therapy") to prevent platelets from sticking together and forming a blood clot inside the stent. Some people take aspirin with prasugrel (Effient) or ticagrelor (Brilinta) instead of clopidogrel.

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