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The implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11297981     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have evolved from the treatment of last resort to the gold standard therapy for patients at high risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmias. High-risk patients include those who have survived life-threatening arrhythmias, and individuals with cardiac diseases who are at risk for such arrhythmias, but are symptomless. Use of an ICD will affect the patient's quality of life. Some drugs can substantially affect defibrillator function and efficacy, and possible drug-device interactions should be considered. Patients with ICDs may encounter cell phones, antitheft detectors, and many other sources of potential electromagnetic Interference. In addition to treating ventricular tachyarrhythmias, new defibrillators provide full featured dual chamber pacing, and could treat atrial arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure by means of biventricular pacing.
M Glikson; P A Friedman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  357     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-16     Completed Date:  2001-05-03     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1107-17     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Heart Institute, Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis,  therapy*
Defibrillators, Implantable* / adverse effects
Electromagnetic Phenomena
Equipment Design
Pharmaceutical Preparations / adverse effects
Quality of Life
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