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Why is adrenaline not the medication for heart failure?

Why is adrenaline not the medication for heart failure?

Not useful: Adrenaline is only used during cardiac arrest to "restart" the heart. It has a very short half-life and is metabolized very fast. One of the long-term complications of heart failure is caused by too much adrenaline production to try to stimulate the heart. Beta-blocker medications block the long-term effects of adrenaline and reduce mortality from heart failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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Why is it that adrenaline is contraindicated in heart failure?

CHF: Adrenaline stimulates the heart and vascular vigorously and can trigger arrhtymias and muscle fatigue worsening the heart failure. We do use adrenaline sometimes during cardiac arrest in the hope it will get things going. ...Read more

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Can you have heart failure without having previous heart problems? I used to drink a lot of caffeine now my heart feels weak with no adrenaline

Can you have heart failure without having previous heart problems? I used to drink a lot of caffeine now my heart feels weak with no adrenaline

Yes: B"sd absolutely, there are many possible causes - such as genetics, virus infection. Caffeine may aggrevate the heart, but to my knowledge is not a cause of heart failure. On the other hand before worrying about, you need medical examination and testing for the condition! ...Read more

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What medications can be used for both heart failure and hypertension?

What medications can be used for both heart failure and hypertension?

Many: Many medications can be used for this depending on your overall history. Some common ones include lasix, (furosemide) aldactone/spironolactone, ace inhibitors (e.g. Lisinopril), arbs (e.g. Losartan), and nitrates. This requires a discussion with your doctor who knows your history well. ...Read more

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Does it happen that people are in sinus bradycardia while having heart failure? Without medication?

Does it happen that people are in sinus bradycardia while having heart failure? Without medication?

Yes: Mostly patients and congestive heart failure or either have to keep cardio or intrafibrillation. By patients could be in sinus bradycardia, besides medications a lot of things can effect your heart rate ...Read more

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What are the ways that people go from leukemia to heart failure?

What are the ways that people go from leukemia to heart failure?

Indirectly: Leukemias are liquid cancers. Some chemotherapy agents kill leukemia cells but also permanently damage and or kill cardiac cells.Some patients get cured of their leukemias to succumb later to complications of heart failure. Some, specially children may be a candidate to heart transplant if the leukemia has been cured over 5 years. Still, inmmunosuppresion can lead to lethal infections or cancer. ...Read more

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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Possibly: During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better? ...Read more

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How can heart failure lead to cachexia?

How can heart failure lead to cachexia?

Hormonal: Severe and chronic heart failure can set into motion alterations of chemicals in the blood similar to other severe illnesses. Additional changes in appetite and psychological changes can affect diet as well as physical deconditioning. All of these factors can cumulatively lead to muscle wasting syndromes. Mild heart failure is usually not associated with these severe physiologic manifestations. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Adrenaline (Definition)

Adrenalin(e) / Epinephrine is the hormone produced by the adrenal medulla that speeds and strengths the heart, dilates the airways, and shifts blood flow to the muscles. Often this is in response ...Read more


Dr. Tia Tortoriello
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Epinephrine (Definition)

Epinephrine is a rhythm control agent which is a ...Read more