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J Cardiol. 2016 May;67(5):471-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2015.07.001. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

Comparative effectiveness of antiarrhythmic drugs for rhythm control of atrial fibrillation.

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1
Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
2
Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Electronic address: sabas@upmc.edu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Although there are many different antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) approved for rhythm management of atrial fibrillation (AF), little comparative effectiveness data exist to guide drug selection.

METHODS:

We followed 5952 consecutive AF patients who were prescribed amiodarone (N=2266), dronedarone (N=488), dofetilide (N=539), sotalol (N=1718), or class 1C agents (N=941) to the primary end point of AF recurrence.

RESULTS:

Median follow-up time was 18.2 months (range 0.1-101.6 months). Patients who were prescribed amiodarone had the highest, while patients on class 1C agents had the lowest baseline CHA2DS2-VASc score, Charlson comorbidity index, and burden of comorbid illnesses including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic kidney disease, or cancer (p<0.05 for all comparisons). After adjusting for baseline characteristics, using dronedarone as benchmark, amiodarone [hazard ratio (HR) 0.58, p<0.001], class 1C agents (HR 0.70, p<0.001), and sotalol (HR 0.79, p=0.008), but not dofetilide (HR 0.87, p=0.178) were associated with less AF recurrence. In addition, compared to dronedarone, amiodarone and class 1C agents were associated with lower rates of admissions for AF (HR 0.55, p<0.001 for amiodarone; HR 0.71, p=0.021 for class 1C agents) and all-cause mortality was lowest in patients treated with class 1C agents (HR 0.42, p=0.018). The risk of stroke was similar among all groups.

CONCLUSION:

Compared with dronedarone, amiodarone, class 1C agents, and sotalol are more effective for rhythm control, while dofetilide had similar efficacy. These findings have important implications for clinical practice.

KEYWORDS:

Antiarrhythmic drugs; Atrial fibrillation; Comparative effectiveness

PMID:
26233885
DOI:
10.1016/j.jjcc.2015.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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