Aug 1, 1989

The effectiveness of barucainide in supraventriculr and ventricular arrhythmias

Zeitschrift für Kardiologie
P Brugger


The anti-arrhythmic efficacy of barucainide, a new class IB anti-arrhythmic agent, was evaluated in an open-label therapeutic study in a total of 15 patients with coronary artery disease. The majority of patients had a history of myocardial infarction. After a 3-day placebo run-in period barucainide was administered at a dose of 150 mg b.d. for 5 days followed by a 4-day placebo wash-out period. 24-h Holter monitorings were recorded in the run-in period, on day 4 of the treatment period, and on day 3 of the wash-out period. In addition, plasma levels were determined in all three periods. Statistical evaluation of the 24-h arrhythmia analyses revealed a decrease of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) in all treated patients. Before treatment PVCs occurred at a median of 92.4/h (minimum 19/maximum 1537 PVCs/h); this value was reduced during treatment to a median of 7.9 (0/427) PVCs/h (p less than 0.01). A similar result was also found for the couplets which decreased significantly from a median (min/max) of 0.6 (0/11)/h before treatment with barucainide to 0.1 (0/3)/h after treatment (p less than 0.05). In 10 of 15 patients premature ventricular contractions were reduced by more than 80%. Ventricular tachycardia present in ...Continue Reading

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Supraventricular Tachycardia
Coronary Artery Disease
Left Ventricular Structure
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Myocardial Infarction
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test
Coronary Arteriosclerosis
Holter Electrocardiography
Cardiac Depressants

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