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How beneficial is treatment with "clot busters"?


  • In comparison to standard medical treatment, "clot buster" or thrombolytic therapy reduces the 35-day mortality (death-rate) by 21%. This corresponds to 21 saved lives per treated 1000 patients.
  • Higher benefits are achieved when it is used within 6 hours.
  • 35/1000 lives are saved if used within one hour of symptoms.
  • This drops to 16/1000 if treatment is delayed for 7-12 hours.
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