Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: My heart is better - should I stop taking amiodarone?

After a heart attack 15 years ago, my doctor put me on 200 milligrams of amiodarone daily to halt episodes of ventricular tachycardia. I started a vigorous exercise program that has gradually improved my ejection fraction from 35% to 55%. Three years ago, I started cutting back on amiodarone because of side effects. My latest electrocardiogram showed no signs of ventricular tachycardia, and my doctor wants me to stop taking amiodarone. That worries me. Any thoughts on what I should do?
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