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      Digitalis: Is It Useful in Congestive Heart Failure in Patients in Normal Sinus Rhythm?

      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Congestive heart failure, Digitalis

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          The value of digoxin in the patient in normal sinus rhythm with chronic congestive heart failure continues to be controversial. Although many patients taking digoxin have no clinical deterioration after its discontinuance, there is a subgroup of patients (up to 30% of the total group) who demonstrate clinical deterioration on digoxin withdrawal. Patients with an S<sub>3</sub> gallop and an enlarged left ventricle are especially likely to benefit from digoxin therapy. Futhermore, there is good evidence in patients with congestive heart failure that there is a persistent, chronic, positive inotropic effect with digoxin. Since digitalis is the only presently available, chronic, oral positive inotropic drug capable of increasing stroke volume at any given filling pressure, it should be used in patients with congestive heart failure.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1987
          1987
          11 November 2008
          : 74
          : 5
          : 376-386
          Affiliations
          University of California School of Medicine and Cardiology Division, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, Calif., USA
          Article
          174225 Cardiology 1987;74:376–386
          10.1159/000174225
          3308091
          © 1987 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 11
          Categories
          Controversy in Cardiology

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