L-carnitine has significant antiarrhythmia activity. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[The evaluation of the antiarrhythmic activity of L-carnitine and propafenone in ischemic cardiopathy].
Clin Ter. 1993 Feb;142(2):155-9. PMID: 7682488
In order to evaluate a possible antiarrhythmic action of L-carnitine (C) in ischemic heart disease, 30 patients (20 males, 10 females, average age 64 years +/- 11) with ischemic heart disease who at examination with 24-hour dynamic ECG showed extrasystolic ventricular multifocal arrhythmia with a mean hourly rate of > 300 were randomized into three groups, the first of which was given a daily oral dose of 6 g C in three divided doses; groups 2 and 3 were given propafenone (P), 900 mg daily in three divided doses. After one week, all patients were again submitted to 24-hour dynamic ECG after which treatment was continued for another week as follows: group 1 continued on C (6 g daily), group 2 continued on P (900 mg daily), group 3 continued on P (900 mg daily) plus C (6 g daily). At the end of the second week, a further 24-hour ECG was performed the results of which showed that L-carnitine can significantly reduce the antiarrhythmic activity of the ischemic myocardium. In addition, at the end of the second week, a further significant reduction of the number of premature beats compared to the first week was found in patients for whom L-carnitine had been added to propafenone treatment.