• Question: What is the difference between a "beta blocker" and a "clot buster?"

    Asked by aleextrives to Praveen, Cristina on 20 Nov 2015.
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      Cristina Villa del Campo answered on 20 Nov 2015:

      Hi aleextrives,

      So many great questions! So both things are used for a heart failure or a heart attack. The beta blocker is used to make the heart beat slower, so it doen’t stress too much. A clot buster is a drug that is used to dissolve a blood clot. Sometimes a heart attack is caused by a blood clot blocking an artery. IF you give this to the person the blood will be “thinner” and maybe the blood flow through the artery can be recovered. I hope that answers your question!