can save your life
thrombolitic treatment (clot-dissolving drugs) is well established
in the management of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and
mortality is reduced and clinical outcome improved if treatment is started in
the first hour after the onset of
ischaemic chest pain.
Thrombolitics work by quickly dissolving the clot that forms on top of a
plaque in a coronary artery. By dissolving the clot , they eliminate part of the
blockage in the coronary artery. Blood flow is thereby restored to the heart.
The management of patients with acute myocardial infarction will be most
effective when the interval between the onset of pain and initiation of
thrombolysis – The “pain to needle time” is as short as possible. It is
for this reason that you should call for an ambulance to take you to the
emergency room as quickly as possible whenever you suspect that you may be
having a heart attack. Remember, the longer you delay, the less likely you are
to benefit from clot- dissolving drugs. Time is heart muscle!
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