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Cardiologists Spot Best Treatment for a Deadly Duo
Date:6/18/2008

ns at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and including more than 600 patients -- was ended early after researchers reported increased mortality in the group getting dronedarone.

Still, the trial was too small to give definitive results, the researchers added. A conclusive result could come from a large controlled study now in progress, they said.

The Danish-led study also included only people with heart failure, Cain noted. "Other data that haven't been published yet will be showing efficacy when the drug is used in people with atrial fibrillation who don't have heart failure," he said.

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There's more on heart failure at the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Denis Roy, M.D., chair of medicine, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Michael E. Cain, M.D., dean, University at Buffalo School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, N.Y.; June 19, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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