Archive - Aug 28, 2011

Archive - Aug 28, 2011

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Patients With ICDs Live Longer, However Pacing is Crucial

Adverse effects of right ventricular pacing on the survival of ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) patients are long term, researchers from the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital explained, however, CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) lessens the impact.

The scientists presented their findings at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress August 28 in Paris, France. Lead author Robert G. Hauser, MD, said: "We were pleased to discover that the average patient, despite having severe left ventricular dysfunction, lived nine years after ICD implantation, which are the best results that we are aware of."

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