Relation of aspirin response to age in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Mordehay Vaturi, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Tamir Bental, Alejandro Solodky, Ran Kornowski, Eli I. Lev*

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Recent studies have suggested that clopidogrel response may vary significantly with age. Limited data are available exploring the age dependency of ex vivo aspirin response in young and old patients with stable coronary artery disease. Patients with stable coronary artery disease (n = 583) who had been treated with aspirin 75 to 325 mg/day for ≥1 week were recruited from a general cardiology practice. The study cohort was divided into 2 groups: patients aged <75 years (n = 438) and patients aged ≥75 years (n = 145). Aspirin response was determined using the VerifyNow Aspirin Test, and resistance was defined as ≥500 or 550 aspirin reaction units (ARU). The independent predictive value of age on VerifyNow score (as a continuous function) was determined using multivariate linear regression, adjusted for gender, body mass index, and diabetes mellitus. Younger and older patients had similar baseline clinical profiles, including relative doses of aspirin therapy. The mean VerifyNow Aspirin Test score was significantly higher in patients aged ≥75 years: 450 ± 54 versus 434 ± 53 ARU (p = 0.0007). After accounting for the primary covariates, age remained a predictor of VerifyNow score (p = 0.007). Aspirin resistance on the basis of the 500-ARU cutoff was higher in older patients (19% vs 11%, p = 0.009), but there was no difference when the 550-ARU cutoff was used (7% vs 5%, p = 0.40). In conclusion, aspirin response differs significantly by age in patients with stable CAD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-216
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2013


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