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Is a slow pulse-rate a reliable sign of digitalis toxicity?

Abstract:
64 of 910 hospital patients taking digoxin had a ventricular rate of less than 60 beats/min. In only 6 out of 57 of those investigated further could a diagnosis of digoxin toxicity be made on clinical, electrocardiographic, and biochemical grounds. No reason for the slow heart-rate could be found in 42 patients. Excessive vagal effects of digoxin in resting subjects may cause the bradycardia found in these in patients in the absence of digitalis toxicity.
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Williams, P More by this author
Aronson, J More by this author
Sleight, P More by this author
Journal:
Lancet
Volume:
2
Issue:
8104-5
Pages:
1340-1342
Publication date:
1978
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EISSN:
1474-547X
ISSN:
0140-6736
URN:
uuid:9533d7b5-3271-4845-9a7d-4b9eac8afff5
Source identifiers:
322126
Local pid:
pubs:322126

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