Archive - Aug 6, 2012

Archive - Aug 6, 2012


ICDs Lead to Decrease in Cardiac Arrests

DALLAS-- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) account for one-third of the decrease in cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF) in North-Holland, according to research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. Researchers found:

  • The incidence of VF-related cardiac arrest dropped significantly between 1995 and 2008.
  • In greater Amsterdam, ICDs prevented 81 cardiac arrests between 2005 and 2008.

VF is an abnormal heart rhythm that makes the heart quiver so it can't pump blood.

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