medical Definition of inotrope
- In patients with advanced heart failure, medications called inotropes may be used to help the heart muscle beat more strongly.
- —Janet M. Torpy et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 13 June 2007
- Agents that reduce intracellular calcium and inhibit contraction are called negative inotropes and include calcium channel blockers, parasympathomimetics, and states such as hypoxemia and metabolic acidosis.
- —Mary Gavaghan, AORN Journal, 1 Apr. 1998
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