BrainWaves #61 Is tPA dead?
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MedLink Neurology Podcast
BrainWaves #61 Is tPA dead?
Nov 30, 2023 Season 1 Episode 61
MedLink Neurology

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.


Originally released: July 18, 2017


With the advent of mechanical thrombectomy, some have argued that using intravenous tissue plasminogen activator for stroke is futile. But is it really? Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild of Dr. Brain, Inc. joins us for today's episode to discuss whether the thrombectomy has killed tPA.


The content in this episode was vetted and approved by Sheryl Martin-Schild. Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Lee Rosevere, Josh Woodward, Kevin McLeod, and Little Glass Men. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.




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