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How do thrombolytics clear clots?

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These clot-busting drugs are used for serious conditions, like a pulmonary embolism. Unlike blood thinners, they do break down the clot. They work by turning on plasmin, which jump-starts your body’s natural process for clearing things out.

From: How Do Blood Clots Dissolve? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots,” “Blood Clots in Surface Veins Often Treated with Self-care Techniques,” “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

University of Southern California, Atherosclerosis Research Unit: “What is fibrinolysis?”

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots).”

American College of Physicians: “What You Should Know About Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: “Anti-Clotting Agents Explained.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Blood Clots and How to Treat Them.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Unfractionated Heparin (UFH),” “Warfarin,” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Blood Clot Treatment and Recovery,” “Blood Clot FAQs – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care.”

Medscape: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Clot Connect: “FAQ: When will my clot and pain go away?” “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

NHS, St. George’s Healthcare: “Haematology: Pulmonary Embolus.”

Circulation : “Postthrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots,” “Blood Clots in Surface Veins Often Treated with Self-care Techniques,” “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

University of Southern California, Atherosclerosis Research Unit: “What is fibrinolysis?”

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots).”

American College of Physicians: “What You Should Know About Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: “Anti-Clotting Agents Explained.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Blood Clots and How to Treat Them.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Unfractionated Heparin (UFH),” “Warfarin,” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Blood Clot Treatment and Recovery,” “Blood Clot FAQs – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care.”

Medscape: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Clot Connect: “FAQ: When will my clot and pain go away?” “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

NHS, St. George’s Healthcare: “Haematology: Pulmonary Embolus.”

Circulation : “Postthrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

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