Heart Failure Drug Digoxin Linked To Premature Death

Heart Failure Drug Digoxin Linked To Premature Death

“A heart drug taken by 250,000 Britons can actually hasten death,” a new study suggests. The study, which was conducted by researchers from Goethe University in Germany, saw the results of 19 different studies being utilized. The studies were initiated so as to look at the effect that digoxin, which is usually used when treating atrial fibrillation and heart failure, has in terms of increasing death risk from any cause. The findings of the study were published in the European Heart Journal, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

From the study, the researchers found out that people who were exposed to digoxin had a 21% chance of dying from any cause as compared to those who did not take the drug. The risk of one dying after taking the digoxin drug was slightly higher by 29% for people who were taking it for atrial fibrillation as compared to heart failure which was 14%. Although it’s a very powerful drug, digoxin is known to have serious adverse effects and it is always advised that one should use it with extra caution.

From their findings the researchers concluded that, “the present systematic review and meta-analysis of all available data sources suggests that digoxin use is associated with an increased mortality risk, particularly among patients suffering from AF.” The researchers also stated that in an event that are you are taking digoxin and you happen to have some concerns, or develop certain worsening and new symptoms , you should not taking your medication, but you should contact your health professional at the earliest.