Objectives. We sought to determine the efficacy and safety of platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor (GP IIb/IIIa) blockade with abciximab in women undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Background. Although gender differences in response to platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor blockade have been described, there have been no large clinical studies to assess these differences. Methods. Outcomes were determined using meta-analysis technique. Results. In the pooled analysis, the primary end point of death, myocardial infarction (MI) or urgent revascularization within 30 days was reduced from 11.3% to 5.8% (p < 0.001) in men and from 12.7% to 6.5% (p < 0.001) in women treated with abciximab. At six months, death, MI or urgent revascularization was reduced from 14.1% to 8.3% (p < 0.001) in men and 16.0% to 9.9% (p < 0.001) in women receiving abciximab. At one year, mortality was reduced from 2.7% to 1.9% (p = 0.06) in men and 4.0% to 2.5% (p = 0.03) in women treated with abciximab. Major bleeding events occurred in 2.9% versus 3.0% (p = 0.96) of women and 2.7% versus 1.3% (p = 0.003) of men treated with placebo versus abciximab, respectively. Minor bleeding events occurred in 4.7% versus 6.7% (p = 0.01) of women and 2.3% versus 2.2% (p = 0.94) of men treated with placebo versus abciximab, respectively. Conclusions. This pooled analysis demonstrated no gender difference in protection from major adverse outcomes with GP IIb/IIIa inhibition with abciximab. Although women had higher rates of both major and minor bleeding events with abciximab compared with men, major bleeding in women was similar with and without abciximab. There was a small increased risk of minor bleeding with abciximab in women. (C) 2000 by the American College of Cardiology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine