Archive - Jan 27, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 27, 2012 - SCA Article

Use of Primary Prevention ICD Therapy Increases, Racial Disparities Decrease

Prior research has demonstrated there is low utilization of primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), particularly among women and blacks. Sana Al-Khatib, MD, of Duke University and colleagues set out to determine the degree to which the overall use of ICD therapy and disparities in use have changed. 

They studied 11,880 patients with a history of heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction of <35%, who were > 65 years old and found a significant increase in the use of ICD therapy in all sex and race groups. In addition, racial disparities were no longer present, although sex differences persisted.


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