Heart failure is a debilitating condition characterised by a decreased heart pump function. Raised Na+ levels and increased oxidative stress in cardiac cells are important in its causation. While traditional antioxidants are not useful in treatment, we have found that a group of drugs designed to induce weight loss can reverse oxidative inhibition of the mechanism that pumps Na+ out of heart cells. The effect of these drugs on the Na+ pumping mechanism and heart failure will be examined.
|Short title||Stimulation of the cardiac Na+-K+ pump in heart failure|