Adenosine is the primary drug used in the treatment of stable narrow-complex SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia). It can now also be used for regular monomorphic wide-complex tachycardia. When given as a rapid IV bolus, adenosine slows cardiac conduction particularly affecting conduction through the AV node.
Considering this, how does adenosine affect blood pressure?
The effect of adenosine on blood pressure variability in sinoaortic denervated rats is mediated by adenosine A2a-Receptor. It is known that adenosine decreases blood pressure (BP) level as well as blood pressure variability (BPV). However, there is little information about the effect of adenosine on BPV.
What is the drug that stops the heart?
Doctors can usually stop an episode promptly by giving an intravenous injection of a drug, usually adenosine or verapamil. Rarely, drugs are ineffective, and cardioversion (delivery of an electrical shock to the heart) may be necessary.
What are the side effects of adenosine?
Common side effects include flushing, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, throat/neck/jaw discomfort, abdominal pain or discomfort, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, headache, upset stomach, pain at injection site, discomfort of the arms and hands, weakness, low blood pressure (hypotension), nervousness, and