Until recently, ischemic strokes--the type resulting from a clot that blocks blood flow--were treated with a clot-dissolving drug
called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).
Sayed Mohammed Jaffar, 67, was administered a clot-dissolving drug
and was discharged within three days.
When King learned the FDA was delaying approval of tPA, he launched a public relations campaign that, along with Life Extension, was harshly critical of the FDA holding back approval of this clot-dissolving drug
Next, he inserted intravenous (IV) lines in both his arms and self-administered medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, painkillers and tenecteplase, a clot-dissolving drug
Doctors couldn't administer the clot-dissolving drug
tPA until they brought Jennifer's blood pressure down.
It's a clot-dissolving drug
given intravenously to some stroke patients.
The findings represent the first new treatment for acute ischemic stroke in 20 years since the development of the clot-dissolving drug
tPA, says Jeffrey Saver, MD, director of the UCLA Stroke Center.
The new procedure is expected to help those among the estimated 630,000 American stroke victims each year who have blockages in the larger blood vessels of the brain, where the clot-dissolving drug
tPA may not be effective.
During an acute stroke, physicians must quickly evaluate and diagnose the patient as soon as possible to determine if patients are eligible to receive the clot-dissolving drug
recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which must be given 4.5 hours within hours of symptom onset.
In the end she was treated with a clot-dissolving drug
and by widening a large vein in her hip.
(San Carlos CA), whose blood clot-dissolving drug
alfimeprase failed earlier this year.