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In patients with irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation, digoxin is used as a “rate control” agent, which prevents the heart from beating too fast. Although it does not make the heart beat at a regular pace, it may help reduce symptoms patients experience with irregular heartbeats. In heart failure, digoxin helps the heart pump more effectively, so that blood, oxygen and nutrients can be transported around the body. Why should I take this medication? How does digoxin work? What should I expect? How do I take digoxin? What should I watch for? Other helpful points. (English) Colour

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Body Location:
  • Blood, Heart and Circulation
Diagnosis and Therapy:
  • Drug, Fluid and Nutrition Therapy
Disorders and Conditions:
  • Heart Diseases
  • Heartbeat,
  • Cardiac,
  • Digoxin,
  • Control,
  • Irregular,
  • AF,
  • Rapid,
  • Atrial,
  • Fibrillation,
  • AFib,
  • Rate,
  • Glycoside
  • Adults,
  • Older Adults
  • Cardiac Services
Revision Date:
September 27, 2012
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