A 34-year-old member asked:
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is digitalis used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
31 years experience Cardiology
No: No. Digitalis also referred to as digoxin can be used to treat symptoms of abnormal rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. It may help keep someone in a normal sinus rhythm or help control the ventricular rate. While it may help with symptoms, digoxin does not "cure" dysrhythmias. In fact, like most anti-arrhythmic medication, it can-especially at high doses- cause dysrhythmias.
Answered on Aug 25, 2011
Dr. Joseph Newman
32 years experience Podiatry
Ask a cardiologist: Digitalis has a long history of treating congestive heart failure by stimulating the heart muscle. I believe it is used in patients with heart failure but with a normal sinus rhythm.
Answered on Mar 13, 2013

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OD: Only if you severely overdose.

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