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1

What is like valium for your heart?

Calcium channel blockers

2

What effect do calcium channel blockers have on the heart?

Calms the heart

3

If you wanted to rest the heart what do you give it?

Calcium channel blocker

4

What does negative-inotropic, chronotropic, or dromotropic mean?

They relax your heart...or calm it down
*Cardiac depressant

5

What do positive-inotrope, chronotrope, or dromotrope's do?

Stimulate the heart
*Cardiac stimulant

6

Are calcium channel blockers negative or positive ino/chrono/dromo-tropes?

*Negative*
**They weaken slowdown and depress the heart.

7

What do calcium channel blockers treat?

A, AA, & AAA
A = Anti-hypertensives
AA = Anti-Anginal
AAA = Anti-Atrial-Arrhythmia

"The letter A is your friend here."

8

In A, AA, & AAA what does A stand for?

Anti-hypertensives
**Lowers BP

9

In A, AA, & AAA what does AA stand for?

Anti-Anginal
**Stop heart pain by relaxing the heart and decreasing its oxygen demand.

10

In A, AA, & AAA what does AAA stand for?

Anti-Atrial-Arrhythmia
**Only treats Atrial arrhythmia's

11

What are the side effects of calcium channel blockers?

H & H
Headaches & Hypotension

12

Names of calcium channel blockers?

Anything ending in -dipine (amlodipine & Nifedipine) + verapamil a cardizem.

"Dipping (dipine) in the calcium channel."

13

What vital sign needs to be checked before giving a calcium channel blocker?

BP

14

What are the BP guidelines for giving calcium channel blockers?

Hold calcium channel blocker if the systolic is under 100

15

If the BP is over 100 would you give the calcium channel blocker?

Yes