Digoxin use linked to increased risk of Death
♥ Results published in the European Heart Journal in 2012.
♥ Researchers from the University of Kentucky reported.
♥ Study population – 4,060 patients on digoxin treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF), an abnormal heart rhythm.
♥ About half of the patients were prescribed digoxin while the others were given different heart medications or treatments.
♥ For every six patients on digoxin for five years, one would die who may not have otherwise died.
♥ Deaths from any cause increased by 41%.
♥ Deaths from cardiovascular causes increase by 35%.
♥ Deaths from arrhythmia (other than AF) or irregular heart rhythm increase by 61%.
♥ It does not necessarily mean that the drug itself is responsible.
♥ It does not necessarily mean that digoxin should no longer be used.
♥ This evidence should be used to guide your clinical judgment while weighing the benefits and risks of using digoxin in a particular patient.
European Heart Journal, news release, Nov. 28, 2012
© Dr Sudipta Paul, themedideas.com, 2012
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