What is the role of antiarrhythmics in the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Antiarrhythmics are useful in patients with supraventricular and nonsustained ventricular tachycardias. Not all antiarrhythmics are considered safe in patients with structural heart disease. The Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST) 1 and 2 implicated class IC agents as causing increased mortality in this population.

Similarly, the Survival With Oral d-Sotalol (SWORD) trial reported increased total and cardiac mortality in patients after myocardial infarction with a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction when treated with oral d-sotalol. The class III antiarrhythmics amiodarone and dofetilide are favored in these patients for the treatment of supraventricular and ventricular dysrhythmias.


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