Bivalirudin in Primary PCI: Can Its Glory Being Restored?

Yang Li, Yi Li, Gregg W. Stone, Yaling Han

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Intravenous anticoagulant therapy is critical to prevent ischemic recurrences and complications without increasing the risk of bleeding in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). It includes the indirect thrombin inhibitor heparins and the direct thrombin inhibitor bivalirudin. However, the ideal anticoagulant for patients undergoing PPCI remains controversial. In this review, we provide an overview of currently available anticoagulant therapies used in STEMI patients undergoing PPCI, including describing the rationale for their use, pivotal clinical trial data, and treatment recommendations of guidelines, providing much-needed clarity to guide the selection of the safest and most effective anticoagulant regimens for PPCI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
JournalCardiology Discovery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Bivalirudin
  • Heparin
  • Primary percutaneous coronary intervention
  • ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction


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