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What is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

What is a difference between calcium channel blocker and clot buster?

Apples vs. oranges: They are both cardiac medicines. They are however used for totally different reasons. Calcium blockers are most commonly used to treat high blood pressure. They may also be used to treat chest pain or to slow the heart. Clot busters are used to dissolve a clot in the arteries that supply blood to the heart itself and therefore to limit the amount of heart damaged by removing the blockage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a calcium channel blocker and a beta blocker?

Name says it all: Calcium channel blockers block the channel that allows vascular tone to increase and lowers blood pressure. The beta blockers work on beta recetors on the vessels to lower pressure . The heart has both beta receptors and calcium channels. Therefore betablockers and some calcium channel blockers can slow the heart rate as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

What is the difference between  a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker for arrhythmia?

How they work.: Calcium channel blockers (ccb) affect calcium channels in the heart muscle cells. Beta blockers (bb) affect beta receptors in the conduction pathways of the heart. Each act to decrease heart rate and can also decrease blood pressure. Sometimes with ccb, the heart experiences an increase in heart rate when blood pressure decreases. There are different brands and kinds of both medications. ...Read more

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I'm rx'd a calcium channel blocker for SVT. How (or) Is the calcium part related to diet?

I'm rx'd a calcium channel blocker for SVT. How (or) Is the calcium part related to diet?

Nothing: Calcium channel blockers are drugs that block entry of calcium ions into the cell which prevent generation of specific electrical current responsible for the arrhythmia . The calcium involve is an ion that naturally exist cellularly and has nothing to do with dietary calcium which circulates in the body bound to albumin ...Read more

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Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of calcium channel blocker overdose?

Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of calcium channel blocker overdose?

No: It's a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical exam. An ekg may show complications but isn't specific for CCB od. ...Read more

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Could my calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor make me feel tired all the time?

Could my calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor make me feel tired all the time?

The calcium: Channel blocker might if your hr is too low or the combination if your HTN is overtreated. ...Read more

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If I am taking a calcium channel blocker for raynaud's and a beta blocker for migraines, does that defeat the purpose of taking the calcium channel blocker?

If I am taking a calcium channel blocker for raynaud's and a beta blocker for migraines, does that defeat the purpose of taking the calcium channel blocker?

Can strike a balance: When a person has two or more medical conditions needing treatment, his doctors will try to strike a balance with the medications, to improve each condition as much as possible without worsening the other condition(s). In regards to migrainers, medications such as triptans and ergot alkaloids can lead to raynaud's symptoms, so maybe using beta blockers is less problematic in a particular patient. ...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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I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

I'm on warfarin and flecainide. Why should flecainide should always be used in conjunction with a beta blocker or a calcium channel blocker?

Recurrence: Atrial fibrillation can still recur with Flecainide and Flecainide does not prevent rapid heart rate from Atrial fib. Thus the need for drugs like beta blockers and either of the 2 calcium channel blockers that effectively controls the rate just in case. ...Read more