Levosimendan, a New Positive Inotropic Drug, Decreases Myocardial Infarct Size via Activation of KATP Channels

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Levosimendan may be advantageous in patients requiring inotropic support who are also at risk of myocardial ischemia. Activation of adenosine triphosphate-regulated potassium channels during infusion of levosimendan may produce cardioprotective effects while simultaneously enhancing ventricular contractile function.

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