TITLE

Rhythm vs. Rate Control: Similar Outcomes for Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Congestive Heart Failure

PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;11/10/2003, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Newswire
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Duke University Medical Center cardiologists have shown that patients with an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, and who also have congestive heart failure (CHF), have similar mortality rates when treated with drugs that control the heart's rhythm compared to treatment with drugs that control the heart's rate. The findings, which support the results of an earlier study, are important because the use of drugs to restore the heart's normal rhythm has been on the increase over the past decade, despite the fact these drugs have more negative side effects than those controlling the heart's rate, the researchers said.
ACCESSION #
11833081

 

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