Pharmacologic Manipulation of Preload, Afterload, and Contractility in the Young
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Cardiovascular nurses who work with the young are faced with the challenge of understanding the specifics of pharmacologic agents that enhance cardiac output. This article is a summary of the drugs commonly used to manipulate preload, afterload, and contractility in the young. Diuretics, vasodilators, and positive inotropes are discussed in the text. The specifics of pharmacokinetics, dosage, and special considerations are summarized in table form in the Appendix.
Cardiovascular disease, drug therapy, afterload, young children
Baker, Lois K. and Alyn, I. B., "Pharmacologic Manipulation of Preload, Afterload, and Contractility in the Young" (1992). Nursing Faculty Publications. 28.