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[Series] Clinical evidence for oral antiplatelet therapy in acute coronary syndromes

Platelet-mediated thrombosis is a major pathophysiological mechanism that underlies acute coronary syndromes, and therefore, antiplatelet therapy is an important foundation in the treatment and prevention of recurrence of these syndromes. Nearly 30 years ago, aspirin was the first agent to show a benefit for acute coronary syndromes and is still a key therapeutic agent. The landmark CURE trial showed that the addition of a P2Y12 antagonist, clopidogrel, to aspirin was beneficial in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes.