Amiodarone rescue therapy for severe decompensated heart failure initially unsuitable for beta-blockers.

@article{Choo2003AmiodaroneRT,
  title={Amiodarone rescue therapy for severe decompensated heart failure initially unsuitable for beta-blockers.},
  author={Daniel C Choo and Bonnie Huiskes and Jennifer B Jones and Sharon Fabbri and Lee Ann Hawkins and Kanu Chatterjee and Theresa De Marco and James Thomas Heywood},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology and therapeutics},
  year={2003},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={187-92}
}
BACKGROUND Beta-blocker therapy is now standard therapy for patients with stable heart failure; however, fluid-overloaded, New York Heart Association Class IV patients tolerate beta-blockers poorly. Amiodarone, a drug with antiadrenergic effects, has been shown to improve survival for patients with heart rates of 90 beats per minute or greater. METHODS We… CONTINUE READING