tPA is the most common drug used in thrombolytic therapy, but other related treatments to tissue plasminogen activator can be used in the same way to treat patients with blood clots that cause stroke or heart attack. These are some of the related treatments:
- Other thrombolytic therapy drugs
- Aspirin to prevent new clots
- Anticoagulants decrease formation of new clots
- Carotid endarterectomy
The patient’s specific condition, health and medical history will all be considered before a doctor recommends a treatment. It’s important to ask your doctor about the risks of each treatment before undergoing any procedure.
If this is a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.