House, M.D.

Safe - S2-E16

Corrected entry: While in the elevator with House and Melinda, Foreman gives her Atropine to stabilize her heart, which has slowed to a dangerous rate while House is looking for the tick. Atropine affects the vagus nerve to increase a patient's heart rate. This nerve is cut during the heart transplant procedure which would render Atropine completely ineffective with patients such as Melinda. The only treatment for her is a pacemaker, otherwise, she most likely would have died in the elevator.

firemedicwolf7

Correction: Atropine acts on the heart in more than one way, the antimuscarinic action of atropine will lead to an increase in the heart rate despite the Vegas nerve being severed...the action will not be quiet as potent but it does lead to an increased heart rate. As demonstrated by the effect of cardiac stimulants experiment on frogs' hearts.

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