using the clot-buster t-PA (Activase) for stroke
There's a lot of excitement about using the clot-buster t-PA (Activase) for stroke...similar to its use for heart attacks.
Most strokes are caused by a blood clot that stops or reduces blood flow to the brain.
For these ischemic strokes, t-PA seems to reduce disability...probably by restoring blood flow. The key is to give it in the first 3 hours...and ONLY to appropriate patients. Some patients SHOULDN'T get t-PA because of the increased risk of intracranial bleeding.