Thursday, 5 January 2017

The difference between Beta Blockers and Clot Busters

Beta blockers and clot busters work to protect the heart. But their mode of action is different.

Beta Blockers

  • Beta blockers are drugs which block the action of epinephrine and norepinephrine in the body.
  • Both epinephrine (adrenalin) and norepinephrine (noradrenalin) work to increase the blood pressure in the body and increase your heart rate.
  • The beta blockers are used for palpitations and they protect the body from a successive cardiac arrest.
  • Beta receptors are found in the heart muscles, kidneys, arteries etc. These receptors are generally bound by epinephrine and norepinephrine during stress situations.
  • The beta blockers compete with adrenalin and noradrenalin and bind to the receptors thereby preventing the increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
Clot Busters

  • Clot busters are agents that may be administered if you have heart problems such as a heart attack.
  • They dissolve blood clots very quickly within 5 minutes.
  • These agents can halt an ischemic stroke and also prevent heart attacks.
  • Clot busters are very effective when administered exactly at the time of need and they show little effect if they are administered after an hour or so.
The following people are advised against the use of clot busters:

  • People with hemorrhage, active bleeding (like an injury) and any form of brain tumor.
  • Those with allergies to any drugs.
  • People with a recent surgery, trauma 
  • Pregnant women
A doctor's prescription and advice is mandatory for both the drugs.


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