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Gilles Montalescot, Arnoud W van 't Hof, Frédéric Lapostolle, Johanne Silvain, Jens Flensted Lassen, Leonardo Bolognese, Warren J Cantor, Angel Cequier, Mohamed Chettibi, Shaun G Goodman, Christopher J Hammett, Kurt Huber, Magnus Janzon, Béla Merkely, Robert F Storey, Uwe Zeymer, Olivier Stibbe, Patrick Ecollan, Wim M J M Heutz, Eva Swahn, Jean-Philippe Collet, Frank F Willems, Caroline Baradat, Muriel Licour, Anne Tsatsaris, Eric Vicaut, Christian W Hamm
BACKGROUND: The direct-acting platelet P2Y12 receptor antagonist ticagrelor can reduce the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events when administered at hospital admission to patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Whether prehospital administration of ticagrelor can improve coronary reperfusion and the clinical outcome is unknown. METHODS: We conducted an international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind study involving 1862 patients with ongoing STEMI of less than 6 hours' duration, comparing prehospital (in the ambulance) versus in-hospital (in the catheterization laboratory) treatment with ticagrelor...
September 11, 2014: New England Journal of Medicine
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