Defibrillator implantation early after myocardial infarction.

  title={Defibrillator implantation early after myocardial infarction.},
  author={Gerhard Steinbeck and Dietrich Andresen and Karlheinz Seidl and Johannes Brachmann and Ellen Hoffmann and Dariusz Wojciechowski and Zdzisława Kornacewicz-Jach and Beata Średniawa and G{\'e}za Lupkovics and Franz Hofg{\"a}rtner and A Steven Lubinski and M{\aa}rten Rosenqvist and Alphonsus Habets and Karl Wegscheider and Jochen Senges},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={361 15},
BACKGROUND The rate of death, including sudden cardiac death, is highest early after a myocardial infarction. Yet current guidelines do not recommend the use of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) within 40 days after a myocardial infarction for the prevention of sudden cardiac death. We tested the hypothesis that patients at increased risk who are treated early with an ICD will live longer than those who receive optimal medical therapy alone. METHODS This randomized, prospective… CONTINUE READING


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