WILLIAM C. COOKE, M.D.
That digitalis medication is often of little value in the treatment of circulatory failure in the presence of persistent sinus tachycardia is well recognized. Digitalis frequently does not slow a regularly beating heart. It has been known since Withering's introduction of the use of the drug that patients with auricular fibrillation respond particularly well to digitalis therapy, and it has been stated frequently1, 2, 3, 4, 5 that auricular fibrillation in itself is often well tolerated and compatible with satisfactory cardiac function. That patients with circulatory failure may show marked clinical improvement following the development of auricular fibrillation or other
COOKE WC. THE BENEFICIAL EFFECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ABNORMAL RHYTHM WITH SLOW VENTRICULAR RATE IN CIRCULATORY FAILURE(THE BENEFICIAL EFFECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ABNORMAL RHYTHM WITH SLOW VENTRICULAR RATE IN CIRCULATORY FAILURE*). Ann Intern Med. 1936;9:1143–1148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-8-1143
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