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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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What are the differences between recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and tissue plasminogen activator?

What are the differences between recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and tissue plasminogen activator?

Same aa sequence: tPA and its recombinant version (Activase) are identical with respect to the amino acid sequence. There have been reported some minor differences with respect to glycosylation of the protein, but this is well within the specifications of the cGMP production by the manufacturer. ...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

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What causes blood to not clot?

What causes blood to not clot?

Antithrombin: The body has a complex system of clotting and anti clotting cascades. The principle anticlotting proteins are Antithrombin which in turn requires other cofactors to function properly. Once a clot begins to form, plasmin becomes activated which breaks down clot. Whether a clot forms or not is a race between the pro-clotting and anti-clotting pathways. ...Read more

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Why would clots be forming after a thrombectomy?

Why would clots be forming after a thrombectomy?

Same as original.: For the same reason they formed prior to removal of the clot. A thrombectomy is just a removal of clot. If the underlying disorder that caused the clot is not treated, it is likely the clot will recur. ...Read more

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What causes clots to keep forming after a thrombectomy?

What causes clots to keep forming after a thrombectomy?

Some Possibilities: Some possible causes are: unrecognized and thus untreated arterial blockage that results in: *poor arterial inflow into artery that is thrombosed *poor runoff from artery that is thrombosed. *poor flow through the bypass (if patient has a bypass) hyper-coagulable state allergy to the blood thinner heparin...This can cause a syndrome called hit that results in thrombosis. ...Read more

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What causes excessive clots durning a period?

What causes excessive clots durning a period?

Could be many reason: Could be hormonal problems, could be fibroids, or endometrial polyps or other causes, .Like precancer or not commonly endometrial cancer, no need to suffer or worry, please see your gyn for a workup with an exam, blood work, pap, and an ultrasound and once u know the reason there are many txment options. ...Read more

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Why should I continue with warfarin if my clots are gone?

Why should I continue with warfarin if my clots are gone?

More informat : More information needed...A word of caution, warfarin or Coumadin is not something that should be stopped casually. Talk to your physician to understand why & how long you should be on it. ...Read more

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blood clots in legst

blood clots in legst

DVT: 20yo is kinda young to have blood clots in legs but it's not that rare either, especially in those w/genetic risks eg thrombophilia, taking estrogen-based birth control, have had recent major surgery or traveled extensively w/o much movement eg transoceanic flight. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can loosen & move to lungs where they're deadly eg pulmonary embolism. Go to ER immediately for treatment ...Read more

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What makes blood clot?

What makes blood clot?

Clotting factors: Liver makes specific proteins called clotting factors which when stimulated with injury to a blood vessel (cut, blunt trauma) results in a domino effect and blood clots to seal the bleeding vessels. Some have a genetic lack of certain factors which make them bleed, or others more susceptible to forming blood clots. ...Read more

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Can a blood clot pop ?

Can a blood clot pop ?

Dislodge: A blood clot can dislodge and travel through the venous or arterial blood system, wreaking havoc on organs such as the lungs or the brain. ...Read more