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Cardiovascular Pharmacology Concepts

Richard E. Klabunde, PhD

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Tutorial - Angina

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Pathophysiology of Angina

  1. What major coronary vessels supply blood flow to the myocardium?  click here
  2. What factors determine coronary vascular tone and, therefore, coronary blood flow?  click here
  3. How and where is nitric oxide formed in a coronary vessel and what is its physiological role?  click here
  4. What is active hyperemia and what mechanisms are responsible for this phenomenon?  click here
  5. How do sympathetic and parasympathetic activation of the heart alter coronary blood flow?  click here
  6. How do mechanical forces during the cardiac cycle alter coronary blood flow?  click here
  7. What determines oxygen supply (delivery) to the myocardium?  click here
  8. What determines oxygen extraction from the coronary blood as it passes through the heart?  click here
  9. How is myocardial oxygen demand (consumption) determined?  click here
  10. What is the myocardial oxygen supply/demand ratio and what factors alter this ratio?  click here
  11. Why does a decrease in the myocardial oxygen supply/demand ratio precipitate angina?  click here
  12. How does the oxygen supply/demand ratio determine the level of myocardial tissue oxygenation?  click here
  13. Define ischemia and hypoxia.  click here
  14. How does myocardial hypoxia alter electrical click here and mechanical function click here?  
  15. What is critical coronary stenosis and why does it limit the coronary vasodilator reserve?  click here
  16. What is coronary vascular steal and under what conditions can it occur?  click here
  17. Define each of the following and state the underlying cause: chronic stable angina, Prinzmetal's (variant) angina, and unstable angina.  click here

Antianginal Drugs

  1. How do antianginal drugs affect myocardial oxygen supply and demand, and how do these actions reduce chest pain?  click here
  2. Which antianginal drugs are used to treat the following types of angina, and what actions of these drugs make them suitable for a particular form of angina?  click here
    • chronic stable angina
    • Printzmetal's variant angina
    • unstable angina
  3. What are the mechanisms by which organic nitrate nitrodilator drugs dilate veins and how does this relieve angina?  click here
  4. What is drug tolerance and how does tolerance to organic nitrates affect dosing?  click here
  5. What are common side-effects to organic nitrates?  click here
  6. Which calcium-channels blockers are approved for angina and how do these drugs reduce anginal pain?  click here
  7. What preexisting conditions in patients can be made worse by administering calcium-channel blockers?  click here
  8. Why should calcium-channel blockers not be given with beta-blockers?  click here
  9. Why are beta-blockers useful antianginal drugs?  click here
  10. What are the mechanisms by which beta-blockers reduce heart rate and contractility (inotropy)?  click here
  11. Define the following characteristics for beta-blockers:  click here
    • selective vs. non-selective beta-blockade
    • intrinsic sympathomimetic activity
    • membrane stabilizing activity
  12. What are some common side-effects and contraindications for beta-blockers?  click here
  13. What is the mechanism of the antianginal effect of ranolazine?  click here


Revised 10/24/2022

DISCLAIMER: These materials are for educational purposes only, and are not a source of medical decision-making advice.