Use of nonantiarrhythmic drugs for prevention of sudden cardiac death.

@article{Alberte2003UseON,
  title={Use of nonantiarrhythmic drugs for prevention of sudden cardiac death.},
  author={Cesar Alberte and Douglas Peter Zipes},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={14 9 Suppl},
  pages={S87-95}
}
It is of interest that the drugs having the most significant impact on total and sudden death mortality are those without direct electrophysiologic actions on myocardial excitable tissue. This observation may provide insight into mechanisms responsible for ventricular tachyarrhythmias causing cardiac arrest. One way to think about ventricular fibrillation is that it is the final common pathway of an electrically unstable heart. After all, the heart can "die" in only three major ways… CONTINUE READING