Document Detail

Amiodarone for control of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmia: clinical and electrophysiologic effects in 51 patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6291368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We evaluated the electrophysiologic effects of amiodarone and its ability to control ventricular arrhythmia in a selected group of 51 patients with refractory sustained ventricular arrhythmia. Amiodarone in doses of 400 to 800 mg/day prolonged refractoriness in the atria, atrioventricular (AV) node, and ventricle as well as conduction through the AV node and His-Purkinje system. Although it had no effect on measurements of sinus nodal function (sinus nodal recovery time and sinoatrial conduction time), it prolonged the sinus cycle length and 2 patients required a permanent pacemaker for symptomatic sinus bradycardia. Amiodarone did not alter the ease of inducibility in any consistent manner, and only 5 of 43 patients (12%) who had inducible ventricular tachycardia before amiodarone therapy had none induced during amiodarone treatment. The clinical effectiveness of amiodarone could be evaluated in 46 patients followed up for 8.6 +/- 6 months (range 0.5 to 22). It provided effective therapy in 23 patients (50%), partly effective therapy in 13 (28%), and was ineffective in 10 (22%). Adverse effects were noted in 28 of 51 patients (55%), and in 11 of these (22%) the drug had to be discontinued because of adverse effects. We conclude that amiodarone is a useful agent for the treatment of refractory sustained ventricular arrhythmia. Its use should be reserved for patients with life-threatening sustained arrhythmia because of the significant incidence of adverse effects. Furthermore, good clinical response can be observed in patients receiving amiodarone in spite of continued inducibility.
H L Waxman; W C Groh; F E Marchlinski; A E Buxton; L M Sadowski; L N Horowitz; M E Josephson; J A Kastor
Related Documents :
18834458 - Discriminatory therapy for very fast ventricular tachycardia in patients with implantab...
1987718 - Sudden death during empiric amiodarone therapy in symptomatic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
9723628 - Efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia in healed myoc...
1509998 - Flecainide acetate in the prevention of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: a nine-month fo...
20383678 - Linked semi-constrained total elbow prosthesis in chronic arthritis: results of 18 cases.
20713278 - Instrumented bone preserving elbow prosthesis in rheumatoid arthritis: 2-8 year follow-up.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1982 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-12-18     Completed Date:  1982-12-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1066-74     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Amiodarone / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Benzofurans / therapeutic use*
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Corneal Diseases / chemically induced
Drug-Induced Liver Injury / etiology
Heart Conduction System / drug effects
Heart Failure / chemically induced
Middle Aged
Myocardial Contraction / drug effects
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / chemically induced
Photosensitivity Disorders / chemically induced
Pulmonary Fibrosis / chemically induced
Stroke Volume / drug effects
Tachycardia / drug therapy*
Ventricular Fibrillation / drug therapy*
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Benzofurans; 1951-25-3/Amiodarone

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Acute and long-term effects of captopril on left and right ventricular volumes and function in chron...
Next Document:  Scintigraphic prediction of pulmonary arterial systolic pressure by regional right ventricular eject...