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Continuous Inotropic Therapy

Continuous inoptropic therapyFor patients with advanced heart failure, continuous inotropic therapy can help improve the performance of the heart. This advanced therapy involves a continuous intravenous infusion of medications that increase the strength of the heart’s contractions.  It may also speed up the heart’s rhythm and relax blood vessels. Continuous inotropic therapy is used in end-stage heart failure to help relieve systems and improve your quality of life, when oral medications are no longer effective.