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Digoxin Linked to Increased Risk of Death

Morgan Cain2 years ago

Individuals diagnosed with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of death when using a widely common drug known as digoxin.

What is Digoxin?

Digoxin is often used to treat heart failure and also aids in steadying the heart rate of patients with atrial fibrillation, a condition which often causes an irregular heart rate. 

According to WebMD, treating an irregular heartbeat can decrease the risk of patients developing blood clots which can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Digoxin Linked to Increased Risk of Death

According to the Stanford Medicine News Center, patients with atrial fibrillation who are treated with digitalis-derivative digoxin were more likely to die than similar patients taking other treatments.

It has come to light that digoxin does slow the heart rate for patients with atrial fibrillation, but it does not correct the heart rate to a normal rhythm. 

It has been suggested that other, safer drugs are available for patients with atrial fibrillation.

About the Digoxin Study

Between 2003 and 2008, of 122,465 patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, 23 percent were prescribed digoxin and 70 percent of them were still on the drug one year later.

Those patients prescribed digoxin were 1.2 times more likely to die than those using different prescribed drugs and therapy. 

Patients were more likely to die while using digoxin regardless of age, use of other drugs, or the presence of other factors such as kidney disease, heart attack, or heart failure.

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