Cardiac Tamponade Medication

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Chakri Yarlagadda, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC, CCDS; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Medication Summary

The role of medication therapy in cardiac tamponade is limited. 


Cardiovascular, Other

Class Summary

By stimulating beta-1 receptors in the heart, these agents increase stroke volume and cardiac output.


Dobutamine is a synthetic catecholamine and a direct inotropic agent that stimulates cardiac beta-receptors, with minimal increase in systemic vascular resistance.