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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:25 pm

Depending on the species, the digitalis plant may contain several deadly physiological and chemically related cardiac and steroidal glycosides. Thus, the digitalis has earned several more sinister monikers: Dead Man’s Bells, and Witches’ Gloves.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:26 pm

The entire plant is toxic , including the roots and seeds, although the leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a nibble being enough to potentially cause death.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Medicines from foxgloves are called “Digitalin”. It is used to increase cardiac contractility, a positive inotrope and as an antiarrhythmic agent to control the heart rate, particularly in the irregular and often fast atrial fibrillation.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:29 pm

It is therefore often prescribed for patients in atrial fibrillation, especially if they have been diagnosed with heart failure. It is good for them..



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