Aspirin and a PoTent P2Y12 Inhibitor Versus Aspirin and Clopidogrel in Patients Undergoing PCI for Complex Lesion

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Samsung Medical Center
Updated on 19 November 2021
percutaneous coronary intervention
antiplatelet therapy
in stent restenosis


This study is a prospective, open label, two-arm, randomized multicenter trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of aspirin plus prasugrel as compared with aspirin plus clopidogrel in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention with drug eluting stents for complex coronary lesions.


Over the past several decades, dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with the combination of aspirin and a P2Y12 inhibitor has become an essential treatment in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to reduce ischemic events. Although the optimal duration of DAPT still remains controversial in patients with coronary artery disease, the recommended duration of maintenance of DAPT for patients undergoing PCI with drug-eluting stent is 12 months for those with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and 6 months for those with stable coronary artery disease according to the current guidelines. However, individualized approach based on ischemic versus bleeding risks assessment is needed to determine the optimal duration of DAPT in various population.

Several studies reported that patients undergoing PCI for complex lesions had significantly higher rates of ischemic events than those with non-complex lesions. Moreover, prolonged DAPT of aspirin and clopidogrel more than 1 year significantly reduced the risk of cardiac ischemic events up to 44% in patients undergoing PCI for complex coronary lesions, and the current guideline recommends prolonged DAPT duration may be considered in patients undergoing complex PCI. Apart from prolonged use of DAPT, use of more potent P2Y12 inhibitor than clopidogrel may be another strategy to reduce ischemic events in patients undergoing PCI for complex coronary lesions. Prasugrel, a new thienopyridine, inhibits platelet aggregation more rapidly and potently than clopidogrel. In the TRITON-TIMI 38 (TRial to Assess Improvement in Therapeutic Outcomes by Optimizing Platelet InhibitioN with Prasugrel) study, prasugrel reduced ischemic events compared with clopidogrel in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Moreover, low dose prasugrel also reduced ischemic events without an excessive bleeding risk in Japanese population. Therefore, DAPT of aspirin and prasugrel would reduce recurrent ischemic events than DAPT of aspirin and clopidogrel in patients undergoing PCI for complex lesions, a high risk group of ischemic events, even when they do not present with myocardial infarction. So far, there have been no data on this issue.

The aim of the SMART-ATTEMPT (Aspirin and a PoTent P2Y12 inhibitor versus aspirin and clopidogrel Therapy in patients undergoing Elective percutaneous coronary intervention for coMPlex lesion Treatment) trial is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of aspirin plus prasugrel as compared with aspirin plus clopidogrel in patients undergoing elective PCI for complex lesions.

Condition Coronary heart disease, Myocardial Ischemia, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiac Ischemia
Treatment Dual antiplatelet therapy with a P2Y12 inhibitor plus aspirin
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04014803
SponsorSamsung Medical Center
Last Modified on19 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Subject must be at least 19 years of age
Subject who can verbally confirm understandings of risks, benefits and treatment alternatives and he/she or his/her legally authorized representative provides written informed consent prior to any study related procedure
Patients undergoing elective PCI as follows
True bifurcation lesion (Medina 1,1,1/1,0,1/0,1,1) with side branch 2.5 mm size
Chronic total occlusion (3 months) as target lesion
PCI for unprotected left main disease (left main ostium, body, or distal bifurcation including non-true bifurcation lesions)
Long coronary lesions (expected stent length 38 mm)
Multi-vessel PCI (2 vessels treated at one PCI session)
Multiple stent needed (3 stents per patient)
In-stent restenosis lesion as target lesion
Severely calcified lesion (encircling calcium in angiography)
Ostial lesions of left anterior descending artery, left circumflex artery, or right coronary artery

Exclusion Criteria

Hemodynamic instability or cardiogenic shock
Subjects with serious bleeding (Intracerebral hemorrhage, gastrointestinal bleeding, hematuria, hemoptysis, and etc.)
Previous history of intracerebral hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack, or stroke
Known hypersensitivity or contraindications to study medications (aspirin, clopidogrel, and prasugrel)
Female of childbearing potential, unless a recent pregnancy test is negative, who possibly plan to become pregnant any time after enrollment into this study
Non-cardiac co-morbid conditions are present with life expectancy <1 year or that may result in protocol non-compliance (per site investigator's medical judgment)
Patients presenting with biomarker positive acute coronary syndrome
Patients chronically taking prasugrel or ticagrelor (1 week)
Subjects 75 years of age or <60 kg of body weight
Patients taking warfarin or novel oral anticoagulants (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, edoxaban, or apixaban)
Eligible patients will be randomly assigned to treatment arms, stratified by participating centers, presence of diabetes mellitus, and stent types
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