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[Randomised assessment of (the effect of) digoxin on inhibition of the angiotensin-converting enzyme study]

MATOS Lajos1

SEPTEMBER 29, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(09)

[Circulatory failure worsened to the point of discontinuation in 23 patients in the diuretic + ACE inhibitor + placebo only group, compared to only four patients in the digoxin group (p<0.001). The relative odds of worsening circulatory failure with placebo compared with digoxin was 5.9. All measured parameters of functional capacity (maximal exercise capacity, submaximal exercise capacity, NYHA grade) worsened with digoxin withdrawal. Similarly, quality of life (p=0.04), ejection fraction (p=0.001), heart rate (p<0.001) and body weight (p<0.001) decreased with digoxin instead of placebo.]

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