Is digoxin necessary in converting recent-onset atrial fibrillation?

R. H. Falk, Anne A Knowlton

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Thirty-six patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation were studied in a randomized double-blind trial in an attempt to determine whether digoxin is effective in restoring normal sinus rhythm in such patients. Nine of 18 patients receiving digoxin and eight of the 18 receiving the placebo returned to sinus rhythm within 18 hours. Digitalization was not shown to affect the likelihood of reversion to sinus rhythm. Based on this evidence, we cannot recommend the use of digoxin for restoring normal sinus rhythm in patients who have experienced recent-onset atrial fibrillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiology Board Review
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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