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Devices for the management of ventricular arrhythmias in cardiac failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12215734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome with a high morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in medical treatment, death from dangerous ventricular arrhythmias is frequently implicated. Emerging evidence supports the use of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator for selected patients. This includes secondary prevention indications for patients who have survived life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, patients who have not suffered spontaneous sustained ventricular arrhythmias, but who are at high risk for sudden arrhythmic death are starting to be recognized as candidates for ICD therapy. At present the only primary prevention indication with a good evidence base is the presence of inducible ventricular arrhythmias at electrophysiologic testing in patients with prior myocardial infarction, impaired left ventricular systolic function and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia on Holter monitoring. Studies planned or in progress are likely to expand further the role of device therapy in the treatment of patients with cardiac failure.
Michael Cooklin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart failure reviews     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1382-4147     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Fail Rev     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-06     Completed Date:  2003-01-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612481     Medline TA:  Heart Fail Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, King's College Hospital, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology,  therapy*
Clinical Trials as Topic
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control
Defibrillators, Implantable*
Heart Failure / complications*
Middle Aged
Tachycardia, Ventricular / etiology,  therapy

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