What is the main action of cardiac glycosides in heart failure?

by Maria
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What is the main action of cardiac glycosides in heart failure? Why are glycosides important for the heart?

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Cardiac Glycosides decrease blood pressure and increase the force of the heart muscle contraction
by: David

According to Wikipedia, "Cardiac glycosides are a class of organic compounds that increase the output force of the heart and increase its rate of contractions by acting on the cellular sodium-potassium ATPase pump."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_glycoside

You could see how necessary cardiac glycosides are in the function of the heart and heart contractions.

As related to heart failure, cardiac glycosides do two things. First, they lower the pace of the heartbeat. Second, they increase the force of the heart (muscle) contraction.

Most treatments for congestive heart failure (CHF) work by decreasing blood pressure.

Thus, the function of cardiac glycosides is essential to maintaining a healthy heart and blood pressure.

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