Can stroke-causing clots dissolve on their own?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Nina Solenski, Stroke Neurologist at the University of Virginia Health System, describes the common causes of stroke including stroke causing clots.

    Host: Can stroke causing clots dissolve on their own?

    Dr. Nina Solenski: The clotting system is a balance. It's a balance between actually the formation of the clot and the resolution of the clot. As the clot dissolves that's a good thing and so in those cases, by the time that the patient gets to the emergency room, the symptoms might be gone or the signs might be gone and we call that a mini-stroke. And that is important still to take the patient to the emergency room because we know that it's a very powerful warning sign that a stroke is pending. So to answer your question, yes, clots can dissolve on their own and it's a balance between the formation and the dissolving of the clot.