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      Clinical Efficacy of Flecainide Acetate in Atrial Fibrillation

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Atrial fibrillation, Flecainide, Amiodarone, Antiarrhythmic drug

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          Seventy-seven patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) received oral flecainide acetate (247 ± 8 mg/day). In 66 patients, previous antiarrhythmic trials consisted of 1–9 drugs. In 55 cases, AF was paroxysmal. It was persistent in 22 patients. Conversion and/or no recurrence of AF was achieved in 40 patients (52%) by flecainide alone and in 11 (14%) by the combination of flecainide and amiodarone. The mean flecainide serum level was 535 ± 46 ng/ml. Age, presence of coronary artery disease or electrocardiographic parameters were not useful for predicting clinical response. In persistent AF, flecainide efficacy decreased with the duration of arrhythmia. Side effects concerned conduction (26%) and congestive heart failure (5%).

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1990
          1990
          12 November 2008
          : 77
          : 6
          : 443-449
          Affiliations
          University of Liège, Belgium
          Article
          174636 Cardiology 1990;77:443–449
          10.1159/000174636
          2127378
          © 1990 S. Karger AG, Basel

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