BACKGROUND: Rhythm control is an important goal in the treatment of recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT). The PITAGORA study was a randomized trial in patients paced for sinus node disease (SND), designed to test the noninferiority of class IC antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) to amiodarone in terms of a primary end point composed of death, permanent AT, cardiovascular hospitalization, atrial cardioversion, or AAD change. METHODS: Randomization was stratified to assign 2 patients to amiodarone and 2 patients to class IC AADs: propafenone or flecainide. One hundred seventy-six patients (46% men, 72 +/- 8 years) were enrolled. Device diagnostics continuously monitored AT recurrences and duration. RESULTS: In a mean follow-up of 20 +/- 9 months, the primary end point occurred in 23 (30.7%) of 75 class IC patients and in 28 (40.0%) of 70 amiodarone patients. The absolute difference in the end point incidence (-9.3%; 95% CI between 3.7% and -22.3%) confirmed the noninferiority of class IC to amiodarone (P = .007). Kaplan-Meier 1-year freedom from AT episodes >10 minutes, 1 day, and 7 days was 40%, 73%, and 91% for amiodarone and 28%, 78%, and 86% for class IC AADs (P = nonsignificant). CONCLUSIONS: In patients paced for SND and suffering from AT, class IC AADs proved not to be inferior to amiodarone in terms of the primary composite end point described or end points which were differently composed of mortality, efficacy, or AAD side effects. The AADs studied also showed similar results in terms of symptoms, quality of life, and freedom from AT recurrences.

A randomized comparison of amiodarone and class IC antiarrhythmic drugs to treat atrial fibrillation in patients paced for sinus node disease: the Prevention Investigation and Treatment: A Group for Observation and Research on Atrial arrhythmias (PITAGORA) trial.

BORIANI, GIUSEPPE
2008

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BACKGROUND: Rhythm control is an important goal in the treatment of recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT). The PITAGORA study was a randomized trial in patients paced for sinus node disease (SND), designed to test the noninferiority of class IC antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) to amiodarone in terms of a primary end point composed of death, permanent AT, cardiovascular hospitalization, atrial cardioversion, or AAD change. METHODS: Randomization was stratified to assign 2 patients to amiodarone and 2 patients to class IC AADs: propafenone or flecainide. One hundred seventy-six patients (46% men, 72 +/- 8 years) were enrolled. Device diagnostics continuously monitored AT recurrences and duration. RESULTS: In a mean follow-up of 20 +/- 9 months, the primary end point occurred in 23 (30.7%) of 75 class IC patients and in 28 (40.0%) of 70 amiodarone patients. The absolute difference in the end point incidence (-9.3%; 95% CI between 3.7% and -22.3%) confirmed the noninferiority of class IC to amiodarone (P = .007). Kaplan-Meier 1-year freedom from AT episodes >10 minutes, 1 day, and 7 days was 40%, 73%, and 91% for amiodarone and 28%, 78%, and 86% for class IC AADs (P = nonsignificant). CONCLUSIONS: In patients paced for SND and suffering from AT, class IC AADs proved not to be inferior to amiodarone in terms of the primary composite end point described or end points which were differently composed of mortality, efficacy, or AAD side effects. The AADs studied also showed similar results in terms of symptoms, quality of life, and freedom from AT recurrences.
Gulizia M; Mangiameli S; Orazi S; Chiarandà G; Piccione G; Di Giovanni N; Colletti A; Pensabene O; Lisi F; Vasquez L; Grammatico A; Boriani G
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