Thrombolytic therapy is also known as thrombolysis. It is a treatment used to dissolve dangerous clots in the blood vessels, improve blood flow, and prevent damage to tissue and organs. Thrombolytic therapy may include the injection of clot-busting drugs through an intravenous line or through a long catheter that delivers drugs directly to the site of the blockage.

Thrombolysis is commonly used as an emergency treatment to dissolve the blood clots that form in arteries feeding the brain and heart- the main cause of heart attacks and ischemic strokes- and in the arteries of the lungs. We at Vimhans PrimaMed Institute of Emergency & Trauma Services offer thrombolytic therapy for ischemic strokes. Our experts specialize in providing thrombolytic therapy and have saved many lives through this procedure.

Why it is done

The therapy is commonly done to reverse or reduce the adverse effects of:

Blocked arteries of t he brain (stroke)
Blocked arteries of the lung (pulmonary embolism)
Blocked arteries of the heart (heart attack)
Blocked veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis)
Blocked arteries of the leg (acute arterial thrombosis/ leg ischemia)

Ischaemic Stroke

An ischemic stroke happens when a blood vessel becomes blocked or clogged and impairs blood flow to part of the brain. The brain cells and tissue start to die within minutes from the lack of oxygen and nutrients. More than 88 percent of strokes fall into this category.

Symptoms

Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg
Loss of vision in one or both sides
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Treatment

Although there is no specific cure for stroke, but advanced medical and surgical treatments are now available. Thrombolytic therapy is one of the most effective emergency treatments to dissolve blood clots that cause ischemic stroke, and improve blood flow.

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