Diuretic-induced ventricular ectopic activity.

  title={Diuretic-induced ventricular ectopic activity.},
  author={O. Bryan Holland and John V Ian Nixon and Lars Kuhnert},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  volume={70 4},
The need to avoid hypokalemia during diuretic therapy in nondigitalized patients has been questioned. Twenty-one patients with (1) mild essential hypertension, (2) plasma potassium of less than 3.5 meq/liter during previous diuretic treatment, and (3) normal findings [less than 6 unifocal ventricular premature beats/hour] on 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and exercise testing were treated with hydrochlorothiazide (50 mg twice a day) for four weeks and then ambulatory… CONTINUE READING


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