Effect of risk stratification on cost-effectiveness of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

@article{Owens2002EffectOR,
  title={Effect of risk stratification on cost-effectiveness of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator.},
  author={Douglas K. Owens and Gillian D. Sanders and Paul A. Heidenreich and Kathryn M. McDonald and Mark A. Hlatky},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={144 3},
  pages={440-8}
}
BACKGROUND Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) effectively prevent sudden cardiac death, but selection of appropriate patients for implantation is complex. We evaluated whether risk stratification based on risk of sudden cardiac death alone was sufficient to predict the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the ICD. METHODS We developed a Markov model to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of ICD implantation compared with empiric amiodarone treatment. The model incorporated… CONTINUE READING