What is clopidogrel (also called Plavix)?
Most heart attacks and strokes (“brain attacks”) are caused by a blood clot within an artery. By preventing the formation of the blood clot, we can reduce the risk of the heart attack or stroke. Plavix, like aspirin, is a type of “blood thinner” which means it makes it more difficult for blood to clot. Both drugs do this by interfering with the ability of platelets to clump together; platelets are small blood cells which are needed to “stick together” so that a clot can form.