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Pharmacological Management

Digoxin

Digoxin may be considered to reduce the risk of HF hospitalization in patients in sinus rhythm with an EF ≤45% who are unable to tolerate a beta-blocker (ivabradine is an alternative in patients with a heart rate ≥70 b.p.m.). Patients should also receive an ACE inhibitor (or ARB) and an MRA (or ARB).1

In patients with symptomatic HF and AF, digoxin may be used to slow a rapid ventricular rate, although other treatments are preferred.Digoxin may also be used in patients in sinus rhythm with symptomatic HF and an LVEF ≤40%.2

References:

  1. McMurray J.J.V., Adamopoulos S., Anker S.D. et al. ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure 2012. European Heart Journal (2012) 33, 1787–1847.
  2. Digitalis Investigation Group. The effect of digoxin on mortality and morbidity in patients with heart failure. N Engl J Med 1997;336:525-33.