Clinical use of cangrelor: nationwide experience from the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR)

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AIMS: This nationwide study aimed to analyse the first 2 years of routine clinical use of cangrelor in all Swedish patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS: This observational Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR) study identified 915 cangrelor-treated patients. As 899 were ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)-patients undergoing primary PCI, we decided to exclude all non-STEMI patients (n = 16) from the following analysis. We then identified all primary PCI patients, January 2016 to January 2018 (n = 10 816). Excluding hospitals without cangrelor use, tailoring time frames from first cangrelor use per hospital, patients treated with cangrelor (n = 899) were compared with those without cangrelor treatment (n = 4614). A separate analysis was performed for cardiac arrest STEMI patients (n = 273). Cangrelor-use in primary PCI varied greatly between hospitals (4-36%, mean 16%). At variance with randomized trials, cangrelor was used nearly exclusively in STEMI, often with cardiac arrest (19%). Cangrelor was combined with ticagrelor in two-thirds of patients, among which >50% was prehospital. Cangrelor was used more frequently in high-risk patients: left main PCI, thrombus aspiration, and cardiac arrest. Despite cangrelor being used in more high-risk patients, crude definite stent thrombosis rates at 30 days were low and similar in cangrelor (0.7%) and non-cangrelor treated patients (0.8%). CONCLUSION: Cangrelor was used nearly exclusively in primary PCI STEMI patients, predominantly with ticagrelor. Despite being used in very high-risk patients, often with cardiac arrest, cangrelor treatment was associated with low stent thrombosis rates.


  • Per Grimfjärd
  • Bo Lagerqvist
  • David Erlinge
  • Christoph Varenhorst
  • Stefan James
External organisations
  • Uppsala University
  • Västmanland Hospital
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Cangrelor, Cardiac arrest, Primary PCI, STEMI
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Heart Journal Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Publication categoryResearch