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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Streptokinase (Overview)

Streptokinase is a clot buster which is a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


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Is it safe to take streptokinase while pregnant?

Is it safe to take streptokinase while pregnant?

Maybe: Strepokinase is not tested in pregnancy, but when it is being given (heart attack, stroke) it is generally to save a life, so the risk/benefit may be in favor of using it. Hopefully this will never be needed in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Streptokinase (Overview)

Streptokinase is a clot buster which is a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


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How does streptokinase in the heart work for thrombolysis?

How does  streptokinase in the heart work for thrombolysis?

Dissolves clot: Acute coronary syndromes are generic terms to describe blockage of the arteries feeding the heart caused by rapid formation of a clot in the vessel wall. Usually opened by balloon angioplasty and stent placement if patient sent to suitable facility and team. If not available, streptokinase and other enzymes to dissolve the clot can be tried. Indiscriminate dissolution may result in bleeding. ...Read more

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How does streptokinase in the heart work for thrombolysis?

Dissolves clot: Acute coronary syndromes are generic terms to describe blockage of the arteries feeding the heart caused by rapid formation of a clot in the vessel wall. Usually opened by balloon angioplasty and stent placement if patient sent to suitable facility and team. If not available, streptokinase and other enzymes to dissolve the clot can be tried. Indiscriminate dissolution may result in bleeding. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

It's not alive: Streptokinase is an enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It is not the bacteria streptococcus which is probably what confuses you. ...Read more

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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

No bacteria : Streptokinase does not contain any live strep bacteria. You have to have the bacteria to have the infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take streptokinase while pregnant?

Maybe: Strepokinase is not tested in pregnancy, but when it is being given (heart attack, stroke) it is generally to save a life, so the risk/benefit may be in favor of using it. Hopefully this will never be needed in pregnancy. ...Read more

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For what reason wouldn't an injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

No bacteria in shot: Streptokinase injections don't contain actual strep bacteria (or any other bacteria unless it is contaminated). ...Read more

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What drugs are used for dissolving a blood clot once it's formed?

What drugs are used for dissolving a blood clot once it's formed?

Thrombolytics: Hi. The most commonly used is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), but streptokinase and urokinase may still be used in some cases. ...Read more

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What is thrombolytic therapy?

What  is thrombolytic therapy?

"Clot buster": These are medications that can be given to patients so as to break up blood clots in the lungs, heart, or for strokes and leg clots. These are utilised in situations where improving blood flow to the affected organs is critical. Examples include tpa, streptokinase, etc. ...Read more

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