An introduction to the physiology of the heart through a brief explanation of the main types of pharmaceutical interventions used to influence heart function. This material is intended to be introductory material for freshman and software pre-health students at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Please consider this material as merely introductory education. Part 1 gives a brief introduction of the classes of drugs (those that affect afterload, chronotropic, and ionotropic drugs) and then describes the drugs that are given to influence afterload. A copy of this image can be found at http://www.kirkwood.edu/pdf/uploaded/695/cardiac_drugs_image.pdf
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