Treating heart failure

Treating heart failure

Digitalis glycosides, a group of compounds (containing carbohydrates and no sugar components) found naturally in a number of plants, has treated heart failure for centuries. Research identified that digoxin increased the force with which the heart contracts without increasing its oxygene consumption.

Digoxin stimulates cardiac-muscle contraction


Digoxin is extracted from the leaves of the foxglove plant (Digitalis lanata), and was introduced in 1954 to treat atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. It was eventually discovered that antihypertensive drugs can also treat heart failure.

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Digoxin was first extracted from the foxglove plantDigoxin was first extracted from the foxglove plant

Digoxin molecule