I read that we should not administer dgoxin if HR is less than 60 and you should also check the pulse for one full minute. Why is that when..diogoxin is to increase your Heart contracility..why should it matter if HR is low.
I am not making a connection, please advise
Oct 4, '07
Because while digoxin strengthens CONTRACTILITY( strength of pumping action) it also slows down the heart RATE(beats per minute). 2 different actions..hence you wouldnt give it if an apical pulse is less than 60..you'd throw your patient into bradycardia and now you have a WHOLE different set of problems. Make sense?
Last edit by BoonersmomRN on Oct 4, '07