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J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2007 Feb;18(2):234-40.

Ionic basis of pharmacological therapy in Brugada syndrome.

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Department of Electrocardiology, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez, México, D.F., México. manliomarquez@yahoo.com

Abstract

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is considered the only effective therapy to terminate ventricular arrhythmias in symptomatic patients with Brugada syndrome. However, it does not prevent future arrhythmic episodes. Only antiarrhythmic drug therapy can prevent them. There have been several reports of a beneficial effect of oral quinidine in both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients. Other possible beneficial oral agents could be I(to) blockers. Intravenous isoproterenol has been reported to be especially useful in abolishing arrhythmic storms in emergency situations. Also, isolated case reports on the usefulness of cilostazol, sotalol, and mexiletine have been described. The present article reviews the mechanisms by which these drugs may act and their possible role in the pharmacotherapy of this disease.

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