Common Heart Drug Kills 41% More Often than Not Taking It

Whatever possessed medicos to use a known poison as a treatment for heart disease, there can be no possible excuse for the decades of harm and the millions of people who have died as a result of the deadly drug, digitalis.

by Heidi Stevenson

Death and the Maiden, by Catarina Carneiro de Sousa

Death and the Maiden, by Catarina Carneiro de Sousa.

For decades, the standard medical treatment for irregular heartbeat has been digitalis, now usually sold under the generic name of digoxin. It’s a killer, and no other term comes close to describing its effects. It kills 41% more people who take it than those who do not. Whether the patient-victims have diagnosed heart disease or not, and whether they’re male or female makes no difference. If you take digitalis, you’re 41% more likely to die. (more…)