Patients suffering with atrial fibrillation do not benefit with digoxin treatment

August 12, 2014 4:14 AM

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The drug Digoxin that is extracted from the foxglove plant has been used to treat patients suffering from atrial fibrillation. Recent studies indicate mixed results though doctors have been using this drug for years as the accepted form of treatment. A study conducted between 2003 and 2008 proved that nearly 70% of the 23% patients that were prescribed digoxin continued to take it for another year. These records were analyzed by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system.

Lead author of the study Mintu Turakhia, MD says “The take-home point is to question whether people should really be o this drug. These data challenge the current guidelines. This is going to be s close to proof positive as we get because we may never have a randomized trial of this drug.”

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