What is included in antithrombotic therapy for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

Updated: Nov 27, 2019
  • Author: George A Stouffer, III, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Antithrombotic therapy

  • Aspirin 162-325 mg is given to all patients on the day of PCI
  • Unfractionated heparin (UFH), low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), or bivalirudin may be used at the time of balloon angioplasty or PCI; fondaparinux must be supplemented with UFH to prevent catheter thrombosis and therefore is less commonly used

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