Effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy with or without a defibrillator on survival and hospitalizations in patients with New York Heart Association class IV heart failure.

@article{Lindenfeld2007EffectsOC,
  title={Effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy with or without a defibrillator on survival and hospitalizations in patients with New York Heart Association class IV heart failure.},
  author={Jo Ann Lindenfeld and Arthur M Feldman and Leslie Anne Saxon and John P. Boehmer and Peter Carson and Jalal K. Ghali and Inder S. Anand and Steve Singh and Jonathan S Steinberg and Brian E. Jaski and Teresa Demarco and David Mann and Patrick Yong and Elizabeth G Galle and Fred L Ecklund and Michael R. Bristow},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2007},
  volume={115 2},
  pages={204-12}
}
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) alone or combined with an implantable defibrillator (CRT-D) has been shown to improve exercise capacity and quality of life and to reduce heart failure (HF) hospitalizations and mortality in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III and IV HF. There is concern that the device procedure may destabilize these very ill class IV patients. We sought to examine the outcomes of NYHA class IV patients enrolled in the Comparison of… CONTINUE READING