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Would you ever need to use Atropine instead of Epinephrine to speed up the heart?

Would you ever need to use Atropine instead of Epinephrine to speed up the heart? Would you ever need to use Atropine instead of Epinephrine to speed up the heart?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Yes, Atropine is usually your FIRST line of defense in speeding up the heart rate. Atropine blocks the parasympathetic stimulus to the SA node. Epi is not intended to speed up the heart, it's to increase irritability so that you can have a rhythm to convert in V. fib. Increased heart rate is a side effect
Answered: Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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