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Increased cardiac output to increase force of contraction.
|Cardiotonic drugs are used to treat what?||Heart Failure|
|A Fib||When the Atria quivers.|
|Cardiotonics||Increase force of contraction on the heart.|
|How is Digoxin taken?||PO/IV : 0.8-2 nanograms/mL.|
|Adverse Reactions of Cardiotonic meds||*Visual Disturbances, Headache, weakness, drowsiness.|
|Nursing Interventions||Assess : lung sounds, edema, wt, labs. Decrease K+ makes the heart sensitive to digoxin. Check Apical pulse; Hold if <60, or >100. Draw digoxin level: Immediately before the dose is due or 6-8 hrs after administration. No stopping abruptly.|