Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)

Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)

To understand what an Angiotensin receptor blocker medication does, it is helpful to know the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Renin is a hormone that is released from the Juxtaglomerular (JG) cells that are located in the kidneys. The JG cells are...
ACE Inhibitors

ACE Inhibitors

Matters of the Heart – ACE Inhibitors Alrighty guys, now we are going to tackle ACE Inhibitors. I don’t know why, but I always think of that ACE hardware commercial jingle with I hear ACE Inhibitors, do you know the one I mean? “Ace is the place with the helpful...
Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)

Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)

As the name suggests, Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) block calcium. Cells move calcium across their cell walls via calcium channels, creating electrical activity and contracting the cell. CCBs stop this action from happening thus sending less impulses (decreasing the...
Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers

Matters of the Heart: Beta Blockers Let’s talk cardiac pharmacology! Beta Blockers, in my opinion, are like the bread and butter of cardiovascular care medications. This classification of medication is commonly seen when caring for individuals with cardiovascular...
Torsades de Pointes (TdP)

Torsades de Pointes (TdP)

What is Torsades de Pointes (TdP)? This cardiac arrhythmia is life-threatening. Patients who have torsades will need immediate intervention. There are 4 things you need to know about torsades: How to recognize this arrhythmia on an ECG Why or how does this arrhythmia...