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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about thrombolysis?
Thrombolysis is a procedure to dissolve a blood clot with medicine. A blood clot can block blood flow to areas of your body and become life-threatening. Thrombolysis can return blood flow and reduce harm to areas such as your brain, heart, or lungs.
How do I prepare for my procedure?
Your healthcare provider will tell you how to prepare for your procedure. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.
What will happen during the procedure?
- Your healthcare provider will inject thrombolytic medicine into your IV. It is most commonly given into a vein, but it may be given into an artery. If the medicine is given into an artery, a catheter is guided by x-ray so it is near the blood clot.
- Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored. Healthcare providers may also frequently check your neurological (neuro) status. Your neuro status is checked to see how well your brain is working. Healthcare providers may check your eyes, your memory, and your hand grasp.
What are the risks of thrombolysis?
Thrombolysis increases your risk for bleeding. You may have increased nosebleeds or bleeding in your gums. You may also have bleeding in your stomach or brain. Bleeding can become severe and life-threatening.
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