Thrombolytic therapy breaks up dangerous clots in your blood vessels by using clot-dissolving medications. However, thrombolytic therapies are usually reserved for patients in critical situations including those at eminent risk of:
- A heart attack or stroke;
- A pulmonary embolism; or
- Losing a limb.
Thrombolytic therapy can also be used to treat clots in:
- A lung artery, called a pulmonary embolism;
- The deep veins of your leg, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT);
- An arm or leg artery; or
- A bypass graft or dialysis catheter that has become blocked.