Intravenous Cangrelor as a Peri-Procedural Bridge With Applied Uses in Ischemic Events

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Cangrelor is a relatively new antiplatelet drug that has been approved for use as an adjunct therapy to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to decrease peri-procedural myocardial infarction (MI), coronary revascularization, and stent thrombosis. Cangrelor is an adenosine triphosphate analogue with a pharmacokinetic mechanism based on a reversible, dose-dependent inhibition adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-induced platelet aggregation. This drug has lately been in the spotlight as a possible bridge therapy for anti-platelet medication prior to cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries. Platelet function is usually restored within sixty minutes of cessation of therapy, thereby decreasing the risk of bleeding while providing adequate pre-procedural coverage to reduce ischemic events. This manuscript reviews the literature on cangrelor and summarizes its role as a peri-procedural bridge.