tox bradycardias: fingerstick for clues

7 Jun

often taught, often forgotten clue to help differentiate beta-blocker vs. calcium channel blocker overdoses:

REMINDER:

Calcium Channel Blockers can present with hyperglycemia (CCBs prevent insulin release)

Beta Blockers can present with hypoglycemia (BBs  inhibits both glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis)

 

VISUAL AIDS:

The above difference has been difficult to remember for me, and I frequently look it up as a reminder, so here’s an attempt to associate/remember which is which:

CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS:

HYPERglycemia

visual association:

046435__53574_stdbabydeal-keo-gummy-2

 

BETA BLOCKERS:

hypOglycemia

stop-the-sugar

 

 

Appreciate any other tips/mnemonics y’all have on remembering the difference.  

 

References: emdocs post, beta blocker, ODs, picture 1, 2, 3

 

 

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One Response to “tox bradycardias: fingerstick for clues”

  1. Grant November 17, 2016 at 14:37 #

    I was taught Betas bottom out.- Hope that helps.

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