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Prescribing the Right Blood Thinner May Pivot on a Genetic Test

A large meta-analytical study shows, the effect of newer and more costly blood thinners (ticagrelor or prasugrel) compared with clopidogrel in reducing ischemia (an inadequate blood supply an organ, especially the heart) in patients with coronary artery disease is based primarily on the presence of a functional metabolic enzyme. Genetic testing is beneficial prior to prescribing a blood thinner, the study reveals.