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Why is adrenaline not the medication for heart failure?

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Dr. Joseph Moore
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Moore
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Too heavy on heart

Adrenalin increases heart pumping strength, but also increases the frequency i.
e. Runs too fast. Both of these issues increase demand for oxygen by a heart that is usually deprived of adequate oxygen due to coronary heart disease. This leads to arrhythmias and possible heart attack. In short, like beating a tired horse.

In brief: Too heavy on heart

Adrenalin increases heart pumping strength, but also increases the frequency i.
e. Runs too fast. Both of these issues increase demand for oxygen by a heart that is usually deprived of adequate oxygen due to coronary heart disease. This leads to arrhythmias and possible heart attack. In short, like beating a tired horse.
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