If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or seek care at an emergency room.
Thrombolytics: The Clot-Busting Drugs
The most critical moments of a heart attack are the first ones.
In those early instants, there is the option to use clot-busting drugs called thrombolytics. They can actually stop a heart attack in progress and increase the chances of survival and recovery.
At MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we have been able to apply these drugs during cardiac episodes to allow us time to stabilize and treat the patient—literally bringing them back from the brink of death.
These drugs are most effective when applied early—so know your symptoms and call 9-1-1 immediately if you think you’re having a heart attack.
Common heart attack symptoms may include:
- Chest pain
- Chest discomfort
- Chest pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Discomfort akin to heartburn
- Excessive sweating
- Flu-like symptoms
- Back or jaw pain
If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 911. For an appointment with a MedStar cardiologist, call
As heard on WTOP Radio:
Susan Bennett, MD Consulting Cardiologist
If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 911. For an appointment with a MedStar cardiologist, call 202-877-3627.
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