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Medications Help Eliminate Blood Clots in Stroke Patients
“ The first hour following the onset of stroke, known as “the golden hour,” is an important time in the spectrum of care.”
When a stroke patient enters the hospital, time is critical. The first hour following the onset of stroke, known as “the golden hour,” is an important time in the spectrum of care.
“As soon as we determine that a patient is experiencing a brain attack, we quickly evaluate that individual and begin the best treatment for that condition,” says neurologist Nima Mowzoon, M.D. One of the most important tools is the use of “clot busters,” medication given intravenously to break up blood clots.
“This is critical to each patient’s recovery,” Dr. Mowzoon says. “These drugs are useful because they prevent the ongoing damage of a stroke and they break up blood clots in brain blood vessels causing stroke.”
Reducing or eliminating damage to the brain quickly increases each patient’s odds of recovery, and many who receive these treatments have a better chance of recovery. The longer the time without care, the greater the odds are that a patient will have a more difficult outcome or will die before receiving treatment.
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“Clot buster treatments are not safe for everyone,” Dr. Mowzoon says. There are individuals who are not candidates for these treatments, including:
- Pregnant women
- People who have had a previous hemorrhagic stroke or bleeding in the brain
- Patients who have had an allergic reaction to a clot-busting drug
- Anyone who has a known source of active bleeding
- Some individuals on blood thinning medications
- Patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure
“The good news is that more people are surviving, and even thriving after a stroke because of the advances in these treatments,” Dr. Mowzoon says. “The medical advances in the past 15 years have taken us to the next level in 21st century care.”
The best medication is good health, Dr. Mowzoon says. “Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels and avoid smoking. Not all strokes are preventable, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the chances that you will go through this experience.”
Cutting Edge Blood Clot Removal
Nima Mowzoon, M.D.N.
Florida Neurology Group
12670 Whitehall Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907