ATHENA: Dronedarone reduced CV hospitalization, death in AF

Rusk, Judith; Zipes, Douglas
June 2008
Cardiology Today;Jun2008, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p38
The article discusses dronedarone as a new investigational multi-channel blocker for the reduction of cardiovascular incidence or death in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter. Researchers found the drug reduces risk of cardiovascular hospitalization or death by 24%, risk of cardiovascular death by 30% including sudden death, and 16% less death from any cause than placebo. It mentions that participants who stopped taking dronedarone suffered from gastrointestinal side effects while those from the placebo group reported recurrent AF.


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