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Survey of cardiac failure therapy in Australian medical practice: dependence on digoxin level for diagnosis of toxicity.

Authors
  • Schapel, G J
  • Read, T R
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical journal of Australia
Publication Date
May 31, 1980
Volume
1
Issue
11
Pages
549–550
Identifiers
PMID: 7393042
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A questionnaire was mailed to 3000 medical practitioners throughout Australia to assess attitudes to cardiac failure therapy. The proportion of responses suitable for analysis was 31%. There was a preference for initiating treatment with a diuretic rather than digoxin and for commencing digoxin in daily maintenance dosage rather than with a loading dose. Two-thirds of the doctors surveyed regulated glycoside therapy by monitoring blood digoxin levels. The answer pattern suggested digoxin level measurement had influenced diagnosis of toxicity.

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