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Cardiac Thrombolysis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about cardiac thrombolysis?

Cardiac thrombolysis is a procedure to dissolve or break up a blood clot near your heart. The clot may be removed with a device during the procedure. A clot that forms in the arteries or chambers of the heart can cause a heart attack. The clot can cause a stroke if it breaks off and travels to your brain. Thrombolysis needs to be done as quickly as possible to prevent heart damage or a stroke.

Thrombus and Embolus

How do I prepare for the procedure?

Cardiac thrombolysis is often an emergency procedure. This means you may not have time to prepare for it. The following is general information if you have time to prepare:

What will happen during the procedure?

What should I expect after the procedure?

Healthcare providers will apply pressure on the procedure site to stop any bleeding. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be taken to your hospital room.

What are the risks of cardiac thrombolysis?

Thrombolysis increases your risk for bleeding. You may have increased nosebleeds or bleeding from your gums. You may also have bleeding in your stomach or brain. Bleeding can become severe and life-threatening. If the clot is removed, the device used may cause an irregular heartbeat.

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