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Archive - Jan 28, 2013

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Most ICD Patients Prefer Device Deactivation If Very Ill

NEW HAVEN, CT--ore than two-thirds of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) would want their device turned off under some circumstances, such as permanently impaired memory or having an incurable disease, suggests a survey analysis published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine [1].

A surprising number of the survey's respondents had a poor grasp of their device's potential benefits or its potential downsides, note the authors, led by Dr. John A Dodson (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT).