Digoxin

CPT Code

80162

Specimen Type

Blood

Container Type

Red-Clot Activator

Stability

2-8°C, 48 hours; -20°C, 7 days

Handling Instructions

Allow to clot for 30 minutes; centrifuge within 2 hours; transfer to pour off tube

Clinical Notes

Digoxin is a drug used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. Heart failure, including congestive heart failure (CHF), causes the heart to become less effective at circulating blood. As a result, blood backs up into the legs, hands, feet, lungs and liver, causing swelling, shortness of breath, and fatigue.