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Thrombolytic treatment to dissolve coronary artery blockage must be started within 3 hours of the onset of the episode?
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: More or less
The longer one waits after the onset of chest pain, the less likely that it is to help .
Once the damage has been done to the heart, it is too late. The problem is that patients may have pain for longer periods of time before there is actual damage and there may be ongoing damage even if the pain started more than three hours ago. So this is often a difficult choice requiring a careful history.

In brief: More or less
The longer one waits after the onset of chest pain, the less likely that it is to help .
Once the damage has been done to the heart, it is too late. The problem is that patients may have pain for longer periods of time before there is actual damage and there may be ongoing damage even if the pain started more than three hours ago. So this is often a difficult choice requiring a careful history.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Best results
May still work with higher disease or longer duration but with more risks.

In brief: Best results
May still work with higher disease or longer duration but with more risks.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Gopinath Upamaka
Time is muscle. The sooner thrombocytopenia therapy is given the greater the benefit
Dr. Gopinath Upamaka
Thrombolytic. Sorry
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