Digitalis reappraised: Still here today, but gone tomorrow?
Digoxin is one of the oldest of drugs acting on the heart and still one of the most frequently used. While in atrial fibrillation digoxin continues to have a valid role in the control of ventricular rate when added to beta-blockers and calcium antagonists, digoxin for heart failure is no longer a supportable option in view of the negative recent meta-analysis.
Lionel H Opie, Research scholar, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Emeritus Director, Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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Date published: 2014-12-15
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