One trial at the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions took heat like no other: the How Effective Are Antithrombotic Therapies in Primary PCI(HEAT-PPCI) trial.

The single-center randomized trial of unfractionated heparin vs bivalirudin (Angiomax, the Medicines Company) (with bailout GPIIb/IIIa inhibitors) in STEMI patients surprised attendees on the last day of the meeting by showing a significantly lower rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in the heparin-treated patients at 28 days and no differences in bleeding complications.


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