Softening of the Heart.
IN this disease the substance of the heart becomes soft, and easily broken. It is generally the result of some form of inflammation.
Physical Signs. The contractions of the heart being weakened by softening, the impulse is reduced in force, and both beats are weaker, and often they are intermittent. The first beat becomes short and flapping, like the second.
General Symptoms. A quick, feeble, small, and faltering pulse, great anxiety, and a disposition to faint. General languor; a sallow, bloodless, withered complexion, with a purple, livid tint of the lips and cheeks, and frequently, general dropsy, from the inability of the heart to propel its contents.
Treatment. When accompanied by acute inflammation, softening is to be treated on the same principles as inflammation of the heart case.
If it be a result of chronic inflammation, it calls for iron, bitters, nutritious animal food, and good air.
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