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Relative efficacy of bivalirudin versus heparin monotherapy in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention: a network meta-analysis

Authors Kinnaird T, Medic G, Casella G, Schiele F, Kaul U, Radke PW, Eijgelshoven I, Bergman G, Chew DP

Received 27 June 2013

Accepted for publication 7 August 2013

Published 2 October 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 129—140


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Tim Kinnaird,1 Goran Medic,2 Gianni Casella,3 Francois Schiele,4 Upendra Kaul,5 Peter W Radke,6 Indra Eijgelshoven,2 Gert Bergman,2 Derek P Chew7

1Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK; 2Mapi-Health Economics Outcomes Research and Strategic Market Access, Houten, the Netherlands; 3Ospedale Maggiore, Unità Operativa di Cardiologia, Bologna, Italy; 4Hôpital Jean Minjoz, Besançon Cedex, France; 5Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Okhla Road, New Delhi, India; 6Schön Klinik Neustadt, Neustadt, Germany; 7Flinders University; Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Southern Adelaide Health Service, Bedford Park, SA, Australia

Abstract: In the absence of head-to-head clinical data, the objective of this study was to indirectly compare the efficacy and safety of a bivalirudin-based anticoagulation strategy with that of heparin monotherapy in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) intended for primary percutaneous coronary intervention. A systematic literature review was performed to identify randomized controlled trials to build a network of bivalirudin and heparin monotherapy strategies in STEMI patients using heparin, with glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor as a common reference strategy. At 30 days, the bivalirudin-based strategy was expected to result in lower mortality rates than heparin monotherapy (odds ratio [OR], 0.55; credible limit [CrL], 0.32–0.95). This relationship was sustained at 1 year. At 30 days, the risk for stroke (OR, 0.88; CrL, 0.37–2.13), myocardial infarction (OR, 0.79; CrL, 0.40–1.55), and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction major and minor bleedings (OR, 0.66; CrL, 0.45–0.98) tended to be numerically reduced with bivalirudin in comparison with heparin monotherapy. For patients with STEMI intended for primary percutaneous coronary intervention, bivalirudin is associated with lower mortality rates in comparison with heparin monotherapy. This study suggests that bivalirudin is more effective and safer than heparin monotherapy and should therefore be preferred over heparin monotherapy.

Keywords: primary angioplasty, STEMI, pharmacology

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