Digoxin for A-Fib Without Heart Failure Comes With Risks

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Digoxin for A-Fib Without Heart Failure Comes With Risks
Digoxin for A-Fib Without Heart Failure Comes With Risks

(HealthDay News) -- Digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients with atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

The new study involved 14,787 adults who were recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and had no prior history of heart failure or digoxin use. During the three-year study, more than 4,800 of the patients began taking digoxin.

Those who took digoxin had a 71 percent higher risk of death and a 63 percent higher risk of hospitalization than those who did not take the medication.

The findings "suggest that the use of digoxin should be re-evaluated for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in contemporary clinical practice," study coauthor Anthony Steimle, M.D., chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, said in a Kaiser news release.

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