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Why are thrombolytic drugs appropriate for treating heart attacks?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Some heart attacks

are caused by a clot (also known as a thrombus) that blocks the flow of blood to heart, causing a heart attack.
Thrombolytics are designed to break up these clots. While there are risks to using these (or any) medications, studies have shown that in some situations, for some patients, the benefit of thrombolytics can outweigh the risks.

In brief: Some heart attacks

are caused by a clot (also known as a thrombus) that blocks the flow of blood to heart, causing a heart attack.
Thrombolytics are designed to break up these clots. While there are risks to using these (or any) medications, studies have shown that in some situations, for some patients, the benefit of thrombolytics can outweigh the risks.
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