Effects of Digoxin on Acute, Atrial Fibrillation–Induced Changes in Atrial Refractoriness

@article{Sticherling2000EffectsOD,
  title={Effects of Digoxin on Acute, Atrial Fibrillation–Induced Changes in Atrial Refractoriness},
  author={Christian Sticherling and Hakan Oral and Julie Horrocks and Steven P. Chough and Robert L. Baker and Michael H. Kim and Kristina Wasmer and Frank Pelosi and Bradley P Knight and Gregory F. Michaud and S. Adam Strickberger and Fred Morady},
  journal={Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association},
  year={2000},
  volume={102},
  pages={2503-2508}
}
BackgroundAtrial fibrillation (AF) shortens the atrial effective refractory period (ERP) and predisposes to further episodes of AF. The acute changes in atrial refractoriness may be related to tachycardia-induced intracellular calcium overload. The purpose of this study was to determine whether digoxin, which increases intracellular calcium, potentiates the acute effects of AF on atrial refractoriness in humans. Methods and ResultsIn 38 healthy adults, atrial ERP was measured at basic drive… 

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