-Pharmacology and Actions
Epinephrine is a naturally occurring catecholamine that increases heart rate, cardiac contractile force, myocardial electrical activity, systemic vascular resistance and systolic blood pressure.
It decreases overall airway resistance and automaticity.
It also, through bronchial artery constriction, may reduce pulmonary congestion (edema) and increase tidal volume and vital capacity.
** Jump starts the Sympathetic Nervous System!! Be careful in older people - they have older hearts