JOHN MARTIN ASKEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Quinidine ordinarily is considered contraindicated for auricular fibrillation in association with congestive failure, or, more accurately, in association with severe heart disease. In certain instances, however, its use has been life saving and has prolonged life for many months in a number of desperately sick patients (table 1). Positive criteria, therefore, are needed to know in which patients with serious heart disease the use of quinidine is justified. White1 believes it is indicated in the presence of congestive failure if the ventricular rate cannot be controlled with digitalis. Levine2 believes it is justified if the patient is doing poorly and
ASKEY JM. QUINIDINE IN THE TREATMENT OF AURICULAR FIBRILLATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH CONGESTIVE FAILURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;24:371–384. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-3-371
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(3):371-384.
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