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A 36-year-old member asked:

How much time to hold tpa (alteplase) if a patient had stroke and is on dabigatran therapy?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
No TPA (alteplase): Dabigatran is an absolute contraindication to TPA (alteplase) use. The stroke patient in question is not a candidate for TPA (alteplase).
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why don't stroke patients get tpa (alteplase) therapy?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 40 years experience
Patients wait: The most common reason is they wait too long before presenting to hospital. Current guidelines for t-pa in most hospitals have been extended from 3to 4.5->5 hours after the onset of symptoms of a stroke. Part of the problem is many patients wake up with weakness/speech difficulties, the time of onset can't be determined, the patient is ineligible.Recent major surgery or bleeding are exclusions.
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