Thrombectomy at Drexel Cardiology
When life threatening blood clots form in the arteries of the heart (known as a myocardial infarction or "heart attack") clot-busting medications can be used to help dissolve them. This limits damage to the heart muscle and helps restore adequate blood flow to the heart. These drugs can be delivered by an intravenous (IV) infusion into the arm, or via a catheter placed directly into the area of the clot. A procedure to dissolve or remove a clot (thrombus) is called thrombectomy.
IV- or catheter-directed thrombectomy is also used to treat blood clots that occur in other arteries, most typically those in the legs. These clots are dangerous because they can dislodge and travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, where they interfere with breathing. Untreated, they can also impair circulation in the affected area.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.