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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cathflo Activase (Overview)

Cathflo Activase is a clot buster which is a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


Dr. Steven Griggs
3 doctors shared insights

Cathflo Activase (Overview)

Cathflo Activase is a clot buster which is a kind of blood and coagulation drug.


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Why use alteplase drug in treatment. Of myocardial infarction?

Why use alteplase drug in treatment. Of myocardial infarction?

To stop it!: It treated soon enough, a clot-based coronary artery obstruction can be dissolve with this medication before signifcant to the heart muscle can occur. ...Read more

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Azd 6244- mek inhibitor- a selective mitogen-activated protein kinase (mek) inhibitor. Mk 2206- akt inhibitor. Why prescription for me? It ? Nsclc/mets

Azd 6244- mek inhibitor- a selective mitogen-activated protein kinase (mek) inhibitor.    Mk 2206-  akt inhibitor.  Why  prescription for me? It ? Nsclc/mets

Molecular targeting: These agents are designed to selectively knock out key pathways your tumor may use to grow. Presumably you already had your tumor tested for these different mutations. Ask the doctor offering these options to explain their rationale. These are investigational studies and many of the treatment costs may be covered-ask. ...Read more

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In the 24hrs before a heart catheter I was given 7catapress, 2lopressor, lisinoprill, lasix, (furosemide) potassium, could this induce vfib?

In the 24hrs before a heart catheter I was given 7catapress, 2lopressor, lisinoprill, lasix, (furosemide) potassium, could this induce vfib?

Myocardial ischemia: Ventricular fibrillation is a heart rhythm problem that occurs when the heart beats with rapid, erratic electrical impulses, making it is unable to pump efficiently. It is usually associated with myocardial ischemia ( heart attack). ...Read more

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I'm in AF also CAD. Now taking pradaxa, may be change into plasmin (anti-coagulant drugs from china, Lumbrokinase)?

I'm in AF also CAD. Now taking pradaxa, may be change into plasmin (anti-coagulant drugs from china, Lumbrokinase)?

Pradaxa vs lumbrokin: I would NOT recommend this - while Pradaxa is costly - it comes with the approval of the FDA along with extensive testing for efficacy and safety. From my research Lumbrokinase is derived from earthworms and is still considered investigational. I would be leery of any medications obtained from off shore (NO I do NO work for big Pharma) their safety and efficacy are unproven. ...Read more

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Non-diabetic:ace inhibitors:nephrotoxic or protective.?Nephrectomy 87.Hptn.On toprol, (metoprolol) zestril, hctz, hydralazine;which to dc?/ckd 3a/age 69.

Non-diabetic:ace inhibitors:nephrotoxic or protective.?Nephrectomy 87.Hptn.On toprol, (metoprolol) zestril, hctz, hydralazine;which to dc?/ckd 3a/age 69.

ACE inh: Ace inhibitors are great medications for BP and diabetes and scledoderma hypertensive crisis. However, in some patientds they may adversely affect the kidneys, specially if there is underlying renovascular disease. Since you only have one kidney be very carefull. ...Read more

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Dear doc, is cod liver oil safe to take with: 1. bp meds (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers) 2. proton pump inhibitors & 3. VitD3 supplements?

Dear doc, is cod liver oil safe to take with: 
1. bp meds (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers)
2. proton pump inhibitors & 
3. VitD3 supplements?

Yes: It's fine to take with the blood pressure medications and the proton pump inhibitor. I would probably stop the vitamin D supplement as cod liver oil has vitamin A and D as the main vitamin sources. Vitamin D is one you can get in trouble with because it is fat soluble and can accumulate in your organs if you take too much. ...Read more

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Do selective adeno-adenergic blockers (prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, trimazosin) protect  from acute cocaine-induced vasoconstrictive damage?

Do selective adeno-adenergic blockers (prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, trimazosin) protect  from acute cocaine-induced vasoconstrictive damage?

Some: Cocaine causes it's effect by preventing the reuptake of monamine (epinephrine, etc) and causes these neurotransmitters to continue exciting the a1 receptor. The meds listed block alpha-1 receptors, so theoretically will blunt the effects of Cocaine on some vessels, but focus mostly (esp. Tamsulosin) on a specific sub-type (alpha-1a) that is mostly in the bladder, not in the vessels. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

PACs and afib: Of these two usually beta blockers are better tolerated and have a somewhat lower side effect profile. There are also some who feel that beta blockers are better at preventing afib. ...Read more

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IfDaily AlphAdrenergic overstim caused bloodVessels narrow&I was on calc blockers long time instead,could this cause vessel tears?Push CCB, pull Alpha

IfDaily AlphAdrenergic overstim caused bloodVessels narrow&I was on calc blockers long time instead,could this cause vessel tears?Push CCB, pull Alpha

Vessels: Stimulants constrict arterioles and raise blood pressure and in time damage these vessels causing kidney damage among other complications like heart enlargement, retinal and brain damage including dementia. This vasocontriction can be reversed with antihypertensive medications and avoidance of excess stimulation from alcohol,caffeine,nicotine and also by weight and salt reduction. CBB is one class ...Read more

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Ct scan showed Small vessel Ischemia. Cardioglogist quadruppled beta blocker after EKG. How does the ischemia effect my Kidney disease(stage 4)?

Ct scan showed Small vessel Ischemia. Cardioglogist quadruppled beta blocker after EKG. How does the ischemia  effect my Kidney disease(stage 4)?

Vessels in both: Without an actual exam, I can't give specific medical advice on your particular health. Same things affect vessels EVERYWHERE. So, while strokes, or heart attacks don't hit the kidney. The same bad vessels are in all organs. Hi BP, diabetes, and cholesterol all clog vessels everywhere and affect all the organs (heart, brain, kidney). Treatable. Or such bad heart disease, no blood gets to kidney. ...Read more

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Could rapaflow (silodosin) alpha-1 blockers affect urinary sphincter or just the prostate?

Could rapaflow (silodosin) alpha-1 blockers affect urinary sphincter or just the prostate?

Both: Alpha blockers relax the smooth muscle component of the prostate (as opposed to the glandular part). They also relax the INTERNAL urinary sphincter at the neck of the bladder.This is why retrograde ejaculation(the ejaculate goes into the bladder instead of coming out) can occur. They do not relax the EXTERNAL sphincter(below the prostate) which controls urine voluntarily. ...Read more

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Which calcium channel blocker will lead to lessor (or no) perfipheral edema.?

Which calcium channel blocker will lead to lessor (or no) perfipheral edema.?

Verapamil may be: All calcium channel blockers do to some extent. It depends on the dosage . As dosage goes up probability also increases. But in my experience verapamil does less , but it may cause constipation. I prefer to use combinations. ...Read more

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Is Diltiazem HCL 240 MG CAP the same as Diltiazem HCL 240 MG ER CD CAP?

Is Diltiazem HCL 240 MG CAP the same as Diltiazem HCL 240 MG ER CD CAP?

It is the same: drug/medication but the ER indicates the second pill is extended release. This formulation would allow the same 240 mg to be slowly released over the course of a day; one would only need to take it once a day. In the first pill, the 240 mg would need to be spread out over the day, typically 60 mg four times a day (every 6 hours). Most prefer the once a day formulation. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg  help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Sometimes: These are two totally different classes of drugs and depending on the mechanism by which your pvcs arise, a calcium channel blocker may indeed be more effective. If drugs fail you, an expert center and electrophysiologist may be able to perform a PVC ablation to eliminate the beats from within the heart, but such procedures require a skilled electrophysiologist for the best chance at good results. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Alteplase (Definition)

Alteplase is a clot buster which is a kind of ...Read more


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Activase (Definition)

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