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New Drug Shows Promise Against Afib

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Posted: 2/13/2009 8:24:27 PM
 
New Drug Shows Promise Against Heartbeat Abnormality
By Ed Edelson
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug for a common heartbeat abnormality produced promising results in its latest trial.

The drug, dronedarone, is being tested for atrial fibrillation, which affects an estimated 2.2 million Americans. The upper chambers of their hearts quiver, rather than beating vigorously, allowing the formation of blood clots that can block a brain artery and cause a stroke.

In an international trial that included 2,301 people with atrial fibrillation, dronedarone (Multaq) reduced the incidence of hospitalization due to stroke, heart attacks and other problems by 24%, compared to placebo, according to a report in the Feb. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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