We are interested in the development, implementation and testing of an orthotropic model for cardiac contraction based on an active strain decomposition. Our model addresses the coupling of a transversely isotropic mechanical description at the cell level, with an orthotropic constitutive law for incompressible tissue at the macroscopic level. The main differences with the active stress model are addressed in detail, and a finite element discretization using Taylor-Hood and MINI elements is proposed and illustrated with numerical examples.