Cardiac Excitant

SYN: Heart Tonic


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...

see also Peripheral Circulatory Tonic

An intrinsic Excitant effect to increase cardiac output


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

aimed at the blood vessels and respiration as well as the heart

In: Collapse including asphyxia, drowning and surgical shock

The greatest assistance to the heart is by Stimulating peripheral vessels.

Direct reflex cardiac stimulation is by...

  • short, very hot Fomentations to the front of the chest for 30sec - 1min, followed by ice rubbed over the heart.
  • Dry and repeat 3-4x then vigorous Dry Friction
  • Repeat while CPR is carried out until patient revives.
  • slapping chest with cold wet towel

In the newborn not breathing...

  • slap chest and buttocks then if still not breathing...
  • Alternate Baths in basins - only mild temperatures used, in warm for 10-15sec and only dipped into cold. or
  • rub chest with ice while infant in warm bath
    • Continue for 30-45min.