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Thrombolytic Therapy is the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots, which are the main cause of both heart attacks and stroke. The most commonly used drug for thrombolytic therapy is tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)

Heart Attack
According to the American Heart Association, you have a better chance of surviving and recovering from a heart attack if you receive a thrombolytic drug within 12 hours after the heart attack starts. But ideally, you should receive thrombolytic medications within the first 90 minutes after arriving at the hospital for treatment.

Strokes
Giving thrombolytics within 3 hours of the first stroke symptoms can help limit stroke damage and disability.

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