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Cardiovascular Pharmacology Concepts

Richard E. Klabunde, PhD

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Tutorial - Pressor Drugs

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  1. What are "pressor" drugs and for what conditions are they used?  click here
  2. What is the rationale for stimulating the heart and constricting the systemic vasculature in the treatment of arterial hypotension?  click here
  3. What is the difference between sympathomimetic and non-sympathomimetic pressor drugs in terms of how they act?  click here
  4. What signal transduction pathways are activated for the following sympathomimetic receptor agonists, and how do these drugs increase arterial pressure?
  5. Why are sympathomimetic drugs contraindicated in patients having coronary artery disease?  click here
  6. How are vasopressin analogs used in the treatment of hypotension associated with hypovolemic, cardiogenic, and septic shock?  click here
  7. What is the mechanism of action of vasopressin analogs?  click here


Revised 10/26/2022

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