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When is ?Digitalis? Used to cure abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Sergio Cossu
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Never

Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt.
In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would.

In brief: Never

Digitalis is used to control the ventricular rates of some abnormal fast atrial arrhythmias or svt.
In atrial fibrillation it is utilized to control the fast rate. It does not "cure" the problem nor does it actually prevent the atrial arrhythmias, as antiarrhythmic medications would.
Dr. Sergio Cossu
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Dr. John Garner
I agree with Dr. Cossu, and would add that digoxin is rather ineffective unless the patient remains at rest. Once bloodstream chemicals called "catecholamines" (adrenaline-like compounds) start up, the majority of digoxin's effectiveness goes away until the patient regains a resting state for a bit.
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