Theophylline improves global cardiac function and reduces dyspnea in chronic obstructive lung disease.


Theophylline has been utilized widely as a bronchodilator, but only in recent years have its positive cardiovascular effects been recognized in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After intravenous administration of aminophylline, pulmonary artery pressures and pulmonary vascular resistance are reduced, and both right and left ventricular… (More)