Bivalirudin inhibits periprocedural platelet function and tissue factor expression of human smooth muscle cells

Cardiovascular Therapeutics, 04/27/2012

Bivalirudin is better than unfractionated heparin (UFH) in reducing periprocedural platelet activation. Moreover, thrombin–induced tissue factor (TF) expression is inhibited by bivalirudin. Thus, bivalirudin seems to be a better anticoagulant during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than UFH.

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