Cost advantage of dual-chamber versus single-chamber cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.

  title={Cost advantage of dual-chamber versus single-chamber cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.},
  author={Zachary D. Goldberger and Brian D Elbel and Craig A. McPherson and A. David Paltiel and Rachel I Lampert},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  volume={46 5},
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the least expensive strategy for device selection in patients receiving implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). BACKGROUND Device cost for a single-chamber ICD is less than an atrioventricular (dual-chamber) ICD (AV-ICD); however, some patients without clinical need for AV-ICD at implantation might require a later upgrade, potentially offsetting the initial cost advantage of the single-chamber device. METHODS Decision analysis… CONTINUE READING
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