Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - Broward General Physician and Cardiovascular Research Team Honored

AstraZeneca recognizes Broward General’s contribution to clinical research 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Health physician Violet Atanasoski-McCormack, M.D., and the Cardiovascular Research Department at Broward General Medical Center were honored at a luncheon last week for their successful completion as a Top 10 U.S. Enroller in the pivotal clinical trail, PLATO, with the world-leading pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

McCormack, a cardiac interventionalist and medical director of Invasive Cardiology and The Womens’ Heart Program at Broward General Medical Center and the Broward General Cardiovascular Research Department participated in the PLATO trail. PLATO was a head-to-head outcomes study of BRILINTA, an investigational oral antiplatelet treatment for acute coronary syndromes (ACS), versus the commonly used clopidogrel for patients with ACS. The primary measurement of effectiveness was time to first occurrence of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death. Meaningful cardiovascular and safety endpoints in ACS patients were found in the study.

McCormack, the principal investigator for the trial, Debbie Ayer, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRP, and Amor Leahy RN, BSN, the lead research coordinators, enrolled a significant number of patients into the trial. The Cardiovascular Research Department recognized the Broward General cardiac catheterization team for their support in the study.

It is estimated that one in three ACS patients will die, have a recurrent heart attack, or be readmitted to hospital within six months of their first cardiovascular event. This fact makes preventing reoccurrence vital in ACS patient treatment.

The study involved 18,624 ACS patients in 43 countries and was designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of efficacy, safety and tolerability of BRILINTA. The PLATO data will be submitted to a peer-reviewed medical journal and be presented at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in August 2009.

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