Heart pump medication, also called inotropic therapy, makes an injured or weakened heart pump harder. It's used to make the heart muscle's contractions stronger. It may also speed the heart's rhythm.
It’s used in end-stage heart failure to help relieve and control symptoms so you can perform your daily activities better. These medications are only used when other drugs don’t control heart failure symptoms anymore.
If you or a loved one has heart failure, you probably know how important good daily habits are to treatment. A healthy weight, active lifestyle, and proper medication are all key ways to take charge of the disease.
But even you’ve been carefully following doctor’s orders, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for the return of symptoms. That’s because heart failure can be under control for a time and then become an issue again.
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Heart pump drugs are sometimes given in the short term to people waiting for a heart transplant. The risk of death rises if they’re taken long term.
Heart pump medications include:
How Should I Take These Drugs?
The first time you get them will be in a hospital where you can be closely watched.
Dobutamine and milrinone are IV medications given through an infusion pump into your vein. This helps make sure the dose is accurate. You might get them continuously or periodically over 6 to 72 hours, one or more times per week.
Even if you feel well, don’t stop taking this medicine without asking your doctor. If you are discharged from the hospital with an inotropic medication, a home health nurse will give you specific directions on how to care for your intravenous site, catheter, and infusion pump.
What Are the Side Effects of This Therapy?
Tell your doctor or nurse right away the first time any of these side effects happen: