The Clinical Assessment of a Inotropic Drugs
Until a few years ago, the clinical assessment of new inotropic drugs was a matter of purely academic interest. The only effective inotropic drugs available for oral use were digitalis and its derivatives and for parenteral use a number of catecholamine derivatives whose brief duration of action mandated either continuous or intermittent intravenous administration. The assessment of inotropic drugs for long term use was largely limited to experience derived from the study of digitalis materials.
KeywordsCardiac Index Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Inotropic Agent York Heart Association Class Salt Restriction
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