Ethical analysis of withdrawal of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator support at the end of life.

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OBJECTIVE To describe a series of terminally ill patients who requested (or whose surrogates requested) withdrawal of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) support and the ethical issues pertaining to these requests. PATIENTS AND METHODS We performed a retrospective review of the medical records of patients seen at the Mayo Clinic in… (More)

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