Archive - Dec 28, 2017

Archive - Dec 28, 2017

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ICD Shocks Hurt Quality of Life

GREENVILLE, NC--Shocks from an implantable defibrillator (ICD) are quick and can be life-saving, but can also hurt patients' quality of life and peace of mind for months afterward, whether delivered appropriately or inappropriately, suggests a large international cohort study.

Objectively measured decreases in quality of life both 1 and 3 months after an ICD shock appeared related to reduced accelerometer-measured physical activity and worse general-anxiety and shock-anxiety scores in the 2770-patient analysis of the PainFree SST study. The analysis appeared December 24, 2017 in Heart Rhythm with lead author Dr. Samuel F Sears (East Carolina University, Greenville, NC).

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