Archive - Feb 24, 2012 - Campaign Article

Archive - Feb 24, 2012 - Campaign Article

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Study Suggests Criteria for ICDs in Youth

MIAMI - Underscoring the fact that children should not be treated as small adults, a study led by the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, professor and chair of pediatrics and executive associate dean for child health, found that less than 3 percent of children diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy die suddenly and unexpectedly.

The finding suggests that relatively few pediatric patients with weakened and enlarged hearts may benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), the battery-powered devices that, based on recommendations for adults, are routinely implanted in some of these children to prevent sudden cardiac death.

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