Thrombolysis can save your life

Prompt 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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