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Ch 1: Cardiovascular Medications

About This Chapter

Aspiring pharmacists and other health professionals can study these cardiovascular medication lessons to supplement their knowledge for school, training or continuing education. This self-paced chapter offers a flexible method for increasing your understanding of cardiovascular medications.

Cardiovascular Medications - Chapter Summary

This pharmacology chapter explores common cardiovascular medications, including adrenergic blockers, clonidine, digoxin and albuterol. Our expert instructors break down essential definitions and concepts related to these drug's side effects, treatments, classifications, interactions, structures and more.

Starting at your course Dashboard, you can move through the chapter in sequence or jump to specific topics you want to study. After completing each lesson, take the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully comprehend the lesson's most important definitions and concepts. To make your studying experience convenient and flexible, we've made the chapter available 24/7 and accessible on any computer or mobile device.

How It Helps

It's important for health professionals to understand the types, uses, treatments and interactions of cardiovascular medications. This chapter can help aspiring pharmacists get ahead in their college pharmacology courses. If you're already a health professional who may want to transition into a pharmacology role, you can use these lessons to supplement your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage. These lessons can also function as effective test prep tools for anyone who needs to take a pharmacology course for continuing education purposes.

Skills Covered

These lessons can enable you to:

  • Identify the side effects of alpha and beta adrenergic blockers
  • Understand the proper treatment for atropine overdoses
  • Explain clonidine's mechanism of action, interactions, indications, contraindications, pharmacology and classification
  • Analyze the mechanism of action, interactions, classification, structure, pharmacology indications and contraindications of digoxin
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of various digoxin toxicity levels
  • Assess the implications and considerations for using digoxin in nursing
  • Describe albuterol's drug interactions

18 Lessons in Chapter 1: Cardiovascular Medications
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Atropine Overdose: Poisoning Symptoms & Treatment

1. Atropine Overdose: Poisoning Symptoms & Treatment

As with any medication, too much of a drug can be harmful. What happens if a person receives a toxic dose of atropine? In this lesson, we will learn about atropine overdose and how to treat it.

Digoxin: Mechanism of Action & Drug Interactions

2. Digoxin: Mechanism of Action & Drug Interactions

This lesson is going to discuss the drug, digoxin. We will gain an understanding of how the drug works and the drugs that interact with it in different ways.

Digoxin: Drug Classification, Pharmacology & Structure

3. Digoxin: Drug Classification, Pharmacology & Structure

In this lesson, we'll learn about a medication called digoxin. Digoxin is a medication for the heart. We'll focus on its classification, pharmacology, and structure.

Digoxin: Indications & Contraindications

4. Digoxin: Indications & Contraindications

This lesson is going to look at what digoxin is and what it is useful for treating. We will look at the drug and health contraindications that affect the ability to receive digoxin treatment.

Digoxin Toxicity: Symptoms, Signs & Levels

5. Digoxin Toxicity: Symptoms, Signs & Levels

Digoxin is a very effective medication for the heart. It can also be dangerous. In this lesson, we will learn about digoxin toxicity. We will review signs and symptoms associated with this and what digoxin levels are normal.

Digoxin & Nursing: Implications & Considerations

6. Digoxin & Nursing: Implications & Considerations

Nurses need to know how medications like digoxin affect patients and may potentially interact with other medications or medical care. This lesson looks at the specific nursing considerations and implications regarding digoxin.

Nitroglycerin Mechanism of Action

7. Nitroglycerin Mechanism of Action

This lesson covers a medication called nitroglycerin. First you'll learn its most important use, then you'll learn the basic anatomy and physiology of blood vessels. Finally, you'll tie that into nitroglycerin's mechanism of action and how it treats chest pain.

Adenosine: Definition, Uses & Side Effects

8. Adenosine: Definition, Uses & Side Effects

In this lesson, we will learn about a medication called adenosine and what it is used for. We will also learn about the side effects of adenosine to be aware of.

Adenosine: Mechanism of Action & Indications

9. Adenosine: Mechanism of Action & Indications

Adenosine is a prescription drug that is administered by a medical professional. In this lesson, we will learn more about what adenosine is used for and how it works.

Adenosine Stress Test

10. Adenosine Stress Test

Stress tests are done to evaluate the function of the heart while exercising. If a person is unable to tolerate exercise for the test, the doctor will do an adenosine stress test instead. In this lesson, we will learn about the adenosine stress test.

Lisinopril: Side Effects, Overdose & Drug Interactions

11. Lisinopril: Side Effects, Overdose & Drug Interactions

Lisinopril is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. As with all medications, there are side effects and drug interactions you should be aware of. In this lesson, you'll learn about these considerations.

Lisinopril: Uses & Dosage

12. Lisinopril: Uses & Dosage

Lisinopril is a medication prescribed by your doctor. In this lesson, you will learn about how lisinopril works. You'll also learn about the different uses and dosages for lisinopril.

Clopidogrel: Classification, Uses & Dosage

13. Clopidogrel: Classification, Uses & Dosage

While aspirin might be the most famous blood thinner, clopidogrel is pretty famous too. You may know it better as Plavix. Find out what this medication is and what it's used for.

Clopidogrel: Mechanism of Action, Side Effects & Drug Interactions

14. Clopidogrel: Mechanism of Action, Side Effects & Drug Interactions

Clopidogrel is used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease. This lesson discusses the mechanism of action, side effects, and drug interactions associated with clopidogrel.

Amiodarone: Mechanism of Action, Side Effects & Toxicity

15. Amiodarone: Mechanism of Action, Side Effects & Toxicity

Amiodarone is a drug that can save your life but also threaten it in some cases. In this lesson, find out how this drug works and what side effects it might have.

Amiodarone: Uses & Dosage

16. Amiodarone: Uses & Dosage

Good music has good rhythm. Similarly, a good heart has good rhythm. But if the heart has a bad rhythm, Amiodarone may need to be used. Find out what this medication is in this lesson.

Dofetilide: Dosing & Side Effects

17. Dofetilide: Dosing & Side Effects

This lesson briefly defines a drug called dofetilide and its major use. It then goes over the dosage information related to this medication and this information's precautions. Finally, you'll learn about some of its many potential side-effects.

Dofetilide: Drug Interactions & Contraindications

18. Dofetilide: Drug Interactions & Contraindications

This lesson is going to briefly define a medication known as dofetilide. You'll learn about some of its many drug interactions and its important contraindications.

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