Beta Blockers


Beta blockers, also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents, are medications that reduce blood pressure. Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of epinephrine helps blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.

Examples of beta blockers

  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL)

Untitled-1The Beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agents -beta blockers are among the safest and most useful of antihypertensive drugs available.  These drugs block much of epinephrine’s effects on the body’s beta receptors.

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Heart Sounds


How often do auscultate a chest? Most paramedics would answer almost always.  We all listen for breath sounds and air entry but end there. You are already at your patient's chest so why are you not listening to the heart sounds. It is reasonable to … [Continue reading]

The No Service


In today's climate paramedics are left at a great disadvantage when it comes to patients refusing transport.  It is expected that if you have been dispatched to a patient that you will indeed be transporting the patient but this is not the … [Continue reading]

A Look at Atrial Fibrillation


What is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation (AF) describes an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm is the most common sustained arrhythmia and its incidence and prevalence is increasing.  A person over the age of 40 has a nearly 25% risk of … [Continue reading]