What Is a cardiotonic?
Cardiotonic herbs, better known as cardiostimulants, offer favorable effects on the heart by potentiating its functions. They increase the tone of the heart muscles, increase the contractile power of the myocardium and improve cardiac output, which promotes blood flow to all the tissues and organs of the body.
Often, they are called positive inotropes because they have a strengthening effect on the heart and represent themselves as a standard treatment for heart failure. They regulate myocardial contractility by:
- Upstream mechanism: enhancing the intracellular calcium mobilization
- Central mechanism: promoting the binding affinity of calcium to trophin C
- Downstream mechanism: by potentiating the successive processes
What are the benefits of cardiotonics?
Cardiotonic herbs help eliminate cardiac insufficiency that reduces the appearance of:
- Dyspnea (Shortness of breath)
- Ischemic heart diseases
- Heart failure