If you develop a blood clot in your artery or vein, your doctor may give you medications designed to break up or dissolve the clot. Such drugs are called thrombolytics. The process of giving them is called thrombolysis.
Find effective treatment and compassionate care for blood clots with thrombolysis in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals. Find a cardiologist online to learn more about our heart and vascular services, or take our online heart health assessment.
A blood clot in an artery or vein can stop the flow of fresh, oxygen-rich blood to vital tissues such as the brain, lungs, heart, or limbs. Blood clots can also trigger a stroke. Those in the lung can disrupt breathing. If one occurs in a coronary artery, it can cause a heart attack. A blood clot that prevents blood from circulating to your leg can result in tissue death and loss of the limb.
Thrombolysis can dissolve the clot and restore the flow of oxygenated blood to your tissues. It is a type of emergency treatment for stroke, heart attack, and other life-threatening conditions involving vascular (blood vessel) blockages.
Thrombolysis works to break down certain proteins that cause clots to form and dissolves them. The therapy may be given systemically or by using a catheter. Systemic means the clot-dissolving drugs circulate throughout your entire body. For example, in cases of an ischemic stroke, you will receive thrombolysis through an intravenous (IV) line in your hand or arm. Catheter means the drugs are introduced directly to the clot through a tube, or catheter.
Your recovery period after thrombolysis will depend on your medical condition. In general, you can expect to spend at least one day in one the hospital after thrombolysis. When it is time for you to go home, your care team will provide you with detailed instructions regarding follow-up care and appointments, activity levels, and more.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers blood clot treatment through thrombolysis in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.