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Dr. Brian Santin
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Clot Buster (Overview)

Clot busters are a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


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What is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

What is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

Apples vs. oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Santin
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Clot Buster (Overview)

Clot busters are a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


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Why can't we use clot busters to break the clot apart?

Why can't we use clot busters to break the clot apart?

Natural enzymes can: There are several natural enzymes that break a part clots, such as nattokinase, lumbrokinase, serratiapeptidase, bromelain, papain and other proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes can be taken separate from food and help thin the blood and keep clots from forming as well. As such they will not work best in the acute setting. Anyone taking a blood thinning med needs to discuss this with their doctor. ...Read more

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What is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

Apples vs. oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage. ...Read more

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Any drugs out there to break up plaque in coronary arteries rather than all invasive stuff? Clot buster drugs but nothing for plaque?

Any drugs out there to break up plaque in coronary arteries rather than all invasive stuff? Clot buster drugs but nothing for plaque?

No.: The various kinds of plaque that build up in the arteries have been building up for years, in some cases even decades. There is no medicine that will undo the remodeling due to years or decades of high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, etc. The best strategy is to modify the modifiable risk factors (and hope you have good genes). ...Read more

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Do you think it's a good idea to keep thrombolytics (clot busters) at homeeasily accessible?

Do you think it's a good idea to keep thrombolytics (clot busters) at homeeasily accessible?

NO!!!!!!!: These are drugs with a significant risk of bleeding and should only be used by or under the direction of a physician. ...Read more

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Why can't we use clot busters to break the clot apart?

Natural enzymes can: There are several natural enzymes that break a part clots, such as nattokinase, lumbrokinase, serratiapeptidase, bromelain, papain and other proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes can be taken separate from food and help thin the blood and keep clots from forming as well. As such they will not work best in the acute setting. Anyone taking a blood thinning med needs to discuss this with their doctor. ...Read more

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Please explain plasminogen activator.?

Please explain plasminogen activator.?

Clot Buster: Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa (alteplase)) is a chemical that triggers rapid breakdown of blood clots. It is used in stroke patients in an attempt to restore bloodflow to the brain before cells die, but the risk of bleeding makes it safe to use only in very specific circumstances. The most common reason for not qualifying for tpa (alteplase) is not getting to the er quickly enough- don't wait! time is brain! ...Read more

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A tissue plasminogen activator is what?

A tissue plasminogen activator is what?

Fibrinolytic: Tissue plasminogen activator (tpa) is a serine protease (enzyme) that catalyzes the reaction that converts plasminogen to plasmin. Plasmin is responsible for breaking down blood clots by cleaving molecules of fibrin, creating "fibrin degradation products". ...Read more

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Is it normal to have clots in my menatrual cycle?

Is it normal to have clots in my menatrual cycle?

Yes: Passing clots from time to time is normal. However if you have continued very heavy periods you might want to be evaluated by a gynecologist. ...Read more