Only ischemic strokes can be treated with clot-busting
drugs; they are the most common type of stroke.
If the clot-busting
drug, Alteplase, is given in the first three hours after this type of stroke the treatment can prevent or limit any lasting damage.
The general recommendations up until now have been to monitor the patient for an hour or two, and transfer only those for whom the clot-busting
fails," said Cantor, medical director of the interventional invasive program at Southlake Regional Health Center in Newmarket, Ontario.
As a result, in the United States, the majority of severe heart attacks--those known as ST-segment-elevated myocardial infarctions-get treated only with clot-busting
Broken down even further, African-American women are 60 percent less likely to receive clot-busting
treatment than white men, said Dr.
In traditional therapy, clot-busting
drugs are delivered to the blockage, but the method can take many hours or even days.
drug should be administered to the patient within an hour, but currently only one in 50 heart attack patients admitted to hospital receive the treatment that quickly.
Snake venom contains clot-busting
proteins which dissolve the blockages responsible for heart attacks and strokes.
Demaerschalk acknowledges that there are increased costs related to administering clot-busting
drugs in the short-term because of hospitalization and patient-monitoring activities - as well as significant start-up costs for establishing stroke centers and telemedicine programs.
London, Feb 3 ( ANI ): A new clot-busting
pill called rivaroxaban has been found to be much better at preventing strokes while having less potentially fatal side effects, as compared to present-day treatments.
PPCI (primary percutaneous coronary intervention) is the next step from the clot-busting
drugs that have saved many lives since they were introduced in the 1980s.
Currently, patients who suffer most types of stroke need to have clot-busting
injections within four hours of the attack for the treatment to work.