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Alteplase (Activase; Cathflo Activase; TPA) is a drug prescribed to treat conditions caused by arterial blood clots such as heart attacks, strokes, chest pain from unstable angina, and pulmonary embolism. Some side effects include:

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    • Blood Clots Blood clots can occur in the venous and arterial vascular system. Blood clots can form in the heart, legs, arteries, veins,...learn more »
    • Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clot in the Lung) A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a piece of a blood clot from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) breaks off and travels to an artery...learn more »
      In This Article
      Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clot in the Lung) Article
      • Pulmonary embolism facts
      • What is a pulmonary embolism?
      • What are the causes and risk factors for pulmonary embolism?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism?
      • How is pulmonary embolism diagnosed?
      • PERC Rule for Pulmonary Embolus
      • Basic testing (CBC, electrolytes, BUN, creatinine blood test, chest X-ray, EKG)
      • Pulmonary angiogram
      • d-Dimer blood test
      • CT scan
      • Ventilation-perfusion scans
      • Venous Doppler study
      • Echocardiography
      • What is the treatment for pulmonary embolism?
      • Anticoagulation
      • Thrombolytic therapy
      • What is the prognosis for pulmonary embolism?
      • Can pulmonary embolism be prevented?
    • Angina Angina is chest pain due to inadequate blood supply to the heart. Angina symptoms may include chest tightness, burning,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Angina Article
      • What is angina?
      • What causes angina?
      • What are the different types of angina?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of angina?
      • How is angina diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for angina?
      • Angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery
      • What are other methods are used to evaluate angina?
      • What is the prognosis for angina?
      • Can angina be prevented?
    • Stroke A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain caused by either a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding...learn more »
      In This Article
      Stroke Article
      • Stroke facts
      • What is a stroke?
      • What are the different types of stroke?
      • What causes a stroke?
      • What are the risk factors for stroke?
      • What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
      • What are the warning signs of a stroke?
      • What are the symptoms of a stroke?
      • How is a stroke diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for stroke?
      • What is the prognosis for stroke?
      • Is recovery after a stroke possible?
      • What is stroke rehabilitation?
      • Can strokes be prevented?
    • Chest Pain Chest pain is a common complaint by a patient in the ER. Causes of chest pain include broken or bruised ribs, pleurisy,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Chest Pain Article
      • Chest pain facts
      • Chest pain introduction
      • What are the sources of chest pain?
      • What are the causes of chest pain?
      • How is chest pain diagnosed?
      • What is the philosophy of the approach to chest pain diagnosis?
      • What is the diagnosis and treatment for chest pain?
      • Broken or bruised ribs
      • Costochondritis
      • Pleuritis or pleurisy
      • Pneumothorax
      • Shingles
      • Pneumonia
      • Pulmonary embolism
      • Angina and heart attack (myocardial infarction)
      • Pericarditis
      • Aorta and aortic dissection
      • Esophagus and reflux esophagitis
      • Referred abdominal pain
    • Heart Attack Heart attack happens when a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart muscle. A heart attack...learn more »
      In This Article
      Heart Attack Article
      • Heart attack facts
      • What is a heart attack?
      • What causes a heart attack?
      • What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
      • What are the complications of a heart attack?
      • What are the risk factors for atherosclerosis and heart attack?
      • How is a heart attack diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for heart attack?
      • What are the risk factors for heart attack in women?
      • What are the symptoms of heart attack in women and how is heart attack diagnosed?
      • How is heart attack in women treated?
      • What about hormone therapy and heart attack in women?
      • What is new in heart attack?

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Terms related to alteplase:

  • Activase
  • Cathflo Activase
  • TPA