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Beta Blockers

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

Beta blockers are used to treat cardiovascular conditions, and have been around for a long time. They are a heterogeneous class of drugs with diverse properties. Beta blockers have vasodilation action that help to reduce blood pressure by reducing systemic vascular resistance. In patients with hypertension and diabetes or coronary artery disease, beta blockers provide effective blood pressure control without high risk of adverse effect on the comorbid disease. Many labeled and off-label uses for beta blockers exist. Beta blockers are a first-choice drug for common cardiovascular conditions such as angina pectoris, heart failure, and hypertension.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           The Autonomic Nervous System And Beta Blockers
1.   Beta Receptors
III.         Pharmacological Effects And Profile Of Beta Blockers
1.   Characteristics That Differentiate Beta Blockers
2.   Pharmacologic Similarities of Beta Blockers
3.   Classifications of Beta Blockers
4.   Prescribing Information
IV.          Disease States And Beta Blockers
1.   Asthma or Bronchospastic Disease
2.   Diabetes Mellitus
V.            Beta Blockers And Cardiovascular Diseases
1.   Angina Pectoris
2.   Atrial Fibrillation
3.   Mild to Moderate Heart Failure
4.   Hypertension
5.   Myocardial Infarction
6.   Ventricular Arrhythmias
VI.          Beta Blocker Overdose
1.   Toxic Doses of Beta Blockers
2.   Overdose Signs, Symptoms and Treatment
VII.       Summary


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