Historically, aspirin has been the primary treatment for the prevention of ischemic events in patients with coronary artery disease. For patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) standard treatment has been 12-months of dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) with aspirin and clopidogrel, followed by aspirin monotherapy; however, DAPT is undeniably associated with an increased risk of bleeding. For over a decade novel P2Y12 inhibitors, which have increased specificity, potency and efficacy have been available, prompting studies which have tested whether these newer agents can be used in aspirin-free anti-platelet regimens to augment clinical benefits in patients post-PCI. Among these studies, the GLOBAL LEADERS trial is the largest by cohort size, and so far has provided a wealth of evidence in a variety of clinical settings and patient groups. This article summarizes the state-of-the-art evidence obtained from the GLOBAL LEADERS and other trials of aspirin-free strategies.
Keywords: Aspirin-free therapy; GLOBAL LEADERS; P2Y12 inhibitor; Percutaneous coronary intervention; Randomized clinical trials.
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