Cardiology Rotation

(Also refer to the general goals and objectives for PhPr 803)


To integrate basic pharmacy-related concepts and cardiology patient care through patient care activities, discussions, and selected exercises.


At the completion of this rotation, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding about the clinical use, pharmacokinetics, route of administration, adverse effects, and drug interactions of the following:

  • Antidysrhythmic drugs: quinidine, procainamide, disopyramide, lidocaine, tocainide, mexiletine, flecainide, bretylium, amiodarone, beta blockers, verapamil, diltiazem, ethmozine, propafenone, and digoxin
  • Inotropic agents: digoxin, amrinone, and milrinone
  • Antihypertensives: diuretics, beta blockers, prazosin, methyldopa, guanadrel, hydralazine, clonidine, guanabenz, captopril, minoxidil, guanethidine, sodium nitroprusside, diazoxide, and calcium channel antagonists
  • Antianginal agents: nitrates, beta blockers, and calcium channel antagonists
  • Anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs: heparin, warfarin, aspirin, dipyridamole, sulfinpyrazone, and thrombolytic agents
  • Sympathomimetics: epinephrine, norepinephrine, isoproterenol, dopamine, dobutamine, and phenylephrine
  • Parasympatholytics: atropine
  • Vasodilating agents: nitrates, hydralazine, prazosin, captopril, minoxidil, nifedipine, sodium nitroprusside, nitrates, enalapril

2. Discuss the pathophysiology, associated laboratory and physical findings, and recommend the therapeutic maneuvers for the following disease entities:

  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Angina pectoris including effort angina, Prinzmetal's angina, and unstable angina
  • Supraventricular dysrhythmias: atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, multifocal atrial tachycardia, PSVT
  • Ventricular dysrhythmias: ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, Torsades de Pointes
  • Pre-excitation syndromes: Wolf-Parkinson-White
  • Atrioventricular blocks
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension


Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 1, 2016
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