The process of dissolving or breaking up of a thrombus or blood clot.

Modern physicians being what they are, they tend to look towards drugs for achieving this worthy goal. Thrombolytic or clot-dissolving drugs such as streptokinase or tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) cause the breakdown of blood clots that obstruct the flow of blood through the vessels. Its uses include injection during or shortly after an infarction to prevent clots from blocking blood flow to what are arguably the most important organs in your body: the heart and the brain.

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