How does tPA work?

Dr. Bryan Ludwig explains tPA and how it works. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is used to treat ischemic strokes, strokes in which blood flow to the brain is blocked by a clot in a blood vessel, according to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon. A patient’s chance of recovering from an ischemic stroke improve when tPA is administered within three hours of the event, according to the ASA.

According to the National Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon, tPA is the only drug treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

For more information about tPA treatment, talk to your doctor.

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