Re: Triple Antiplatelet Therapy
Thanks very much for your reply. Sorry to hear about your stroke first of all. If you don't mind me asking, how do you feel your quality of life has changed since the stroke?
My dad has always prided himself on being a very self-sufficient man; he's always done everything for himself apart from cooking & cleaning which my dear old mum takes care of. The stroke has come as a huge shock more on a mental level than a physical level; although of course he is suffering physically also. His speech has been affected as you would expect, although there has been a small improvement since the stroke occurred on Monday, and he is also unable to use his left hand. I think this, allied to the need to now learn to co-ordinate and feed himself again, is what is causing him the greatest frustration.
I guess this new trial is because they have run trials on prescribing Aspirin with Dipyridamole, which they think is more successful in the prevention of re-occurrence than just Aspirin on it's own, and so think that adding Clopidogrel - which is sometimes used as an alternative to Aspirin and Dipyridamole because it is just as effective and more cost-effective - may show further signs of improvement. They have told us that in the (worryingly limited) number of trials they've run so far, that this has been the case, and there have been no ill side-effects reported. The aim of the triple antiplatelet is to not just thin the blood but also make it 'less sticky' (sorry, I've forgotten the medical term for this!), hence the introduction of both Dipyridamole/Clopidogrel which apparently act as agents in achieving this.
My dad was deemed to be sufficiently capable to decide for himself and agreed to the trial, however we were given very little notification so were naturally very worried, especially after searching the Internet for further information, upon which we discovered a previous trial run a few years ago, results were particularly negative.
Thanks for your thoughts - much appreciated!