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Why are thrombolytic drugs appropriate for treating heart attacks?

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. . Read more...

Are thrombolytic drugs really an appropriate solution to heart attacks?

Thrombolysis. Thrombolytic drugs are an effective treatment for heart attack. Presently if available we try to get a patient into an interventional lab if we can within 90minutes of chest pain presentation. When that isn't possible we use thrombolytics along with other meds as the next best step; these are also effective treatment and well documented. A solution is something different...That's prevention. Read more...
Yes. They can be lifesaving and spare lots of important heart muscle. Read more...

What are reasons why thrombolytic drugs are an appropriate solution to heart attacks?

Lytic therapy. Thrombolytic drugs are clot dissolvers. Most heart attacks are caused by clots in heart vessels. If we can't get a patient into the cath lab with dispatch then dissolving the clot in the heart vessel can help save heart muscle. We also use other medications in addition to thrombolytics. Read more...

Can treatment with thrombolytic drugs during the first three hours after a cva help prevent brain damage?

YES! See stroke association.Org and look at stroke treatments. Intravenous tpa (alteplase) good 3-4.5 hours. Intra arterial tpa (alteplase) good up to 6 hours in front of brain and 24 hours in posterior brain. Can use mechanical devices to remove clot up to 8 hrs in front and 24 hours in posterior brain. Read more...
Yes. There are strict inclusion criteria used to identify the safest use of these drugs. Read more...