Treatment & Procedures
Clot-dissolving medications, such as a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) are effective in
dissolving clots and reopening arteries. Because most of the damage caused by an ischemic
stroke occurs in the first few hours, clot-dissolving medications are vital in increasing
chances for a full recovery.
IV-tPA Intravenous Thrombolysis
It is essential that clot-busting drugs used for the treatment of an ischemic stroke be administered intravenously within three hours of the stroke. After the three-hour window, some patients may be candidates for IA-tPA (intra-arterial therapy)
or mechanical embolectomy.
tPA coming in and busting clot IA and IV
(3.5 MB avi)