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Ch.38 Cardiotonic

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.
Cardiotonic med Digoxin.
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.
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