5 months of follow-up, 3 of 19 patients no longer on antiarrhythmic drugs
had an AF recurrence, as did 2 of 19 who remained on medication.
If the Afib does not stop on its own, your doctor may use antiarrhythmic drugs
or electrical cardioversion to return the heart to normal sinus rhythm.
Indeed, continued growth of the catheter ablation industry is likely to have the paradoxic effect of increasing the use of antiarrhythmic drugs
for AE said Dr.
Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that more than 70 percent of surveyed cardiologists and 60 percent of surveyed managed care organizations' (MCOs) pharmacy directors consider amiodarone (Sanofi-Aventis's Cordarone, generics) to be the most effective antiarrhythmic drug
for maintaining normal sinus rhythm (NSR) in patients with atrial fibrillation.
One of them, dronedarone, is related to the potent antiarrhythmic drug
amiodarone, which has potential side effects on the lungs, liver and thyroid.
The trial was terminated early, after data on 110 out of a planned 160 patients showed significant benefits from the postprocedure antiarrhythmic drugs
So I think there is a continued need for the development of new, more effective antiarrhythmic drugs
," said Dr.
Filling a gap in the current literature, Novel Therapeutic Targets for Antiarrhythmic Drugs
presents the latest treatments for cardiac arrhythmias alongside comprehensive presentations of basic cardiac physiology and pharmacology.
Traditionally, ablation isn't attempted until after antiarrhythmic drugs
prove to be ineffective at managing the condition.
At 2 years of follow-up, 64% of the overall group was free of recurrent AF and off all antiarrhythmic drugs
, while 73% were without recurrent AF with or without antiarrhythmic agents.
Another important consideration is that antiarrhythmic drugs
pose a significant proarrhythmic risk that involves life-threatening torsades de pointes.
CHICAGO -- Interim results from a study conducted in patients with atrial fibrillation demonstrated that a port access, paracardioscopic Ex-Maze procedure produced favorable outcomes and allowed patients to discontinue antiarrhythmic drugs
Some antiarrhythmic drugs
may cause side effects such as a rapid or abnormally slow heartbeat, dizziness and chest pain.
The new agents differ from the approved antiarrhythmic drugs
for atrial fibrillation (AF)--such as dofetilide--which also affect ventricular rhythms and cause adverse effects.
New antiarrhythmic drugs
offer a reasonably good chance of keeping patients with atrial fibrillation in sinus rhythm long-term, Dr.