2. Cardiac Stimulants
—A cardiac stimulant is a drug that makes the heart beat more strongly and the frequency becomes more nearly normal. The drugs named as cardiac stimulants, however, camphor, alcohol and ammonia, do not leave a heart better than they found it—they ar not cardiac tonics.
This is one of the best cardiac stimulants that we possess. It is a quickly acting nervous and circulatory stimulant, acting principally on the cerebrum and causing a dilataion of the peripheral blood-vessels. No subsequent weakeness follows after a dose of camphor. Too much will make a patient wake-full, a little often quiets nervous irritability.
DISTURBANCES OF THE HEART TREATMENT OF BROKEN COMPENSATION. JAMA. 1913;60(1):45–50. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340010047020
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