Health-related quality of life of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators compared with that of pacemaker recipients.

@article{Leosdottir2006HealthrelatedQO,
  title={Health-related quality of life of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators compared with that of pacemaker recipients.},
  author={Margret Leosdottir and Engilbert Sigurdsson and Gudrun Reimarsdottir and Gizur Gottsk{\'a}lksson and Bjarni Torfason and Margret Vigfusdottir and Sveinn Eggertsson and Dav{\'i}eth O Arnar},
  journal={Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={168-74}
}
AIMS Studies indicate a poorer quality of life (QoL) for implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients than for the general population. However, studies comparing the QoL of ICD patients with that of patients with other implantable cardiac devices are scarce. We hypothesized that ICD patients had a poorer QoL than pacemaker patients. METHODS AND RESULTS All ICD patients living in Iceland at the beginning of 2002 (44 subjects), and a comparison group of 81 randomly selected patients… CONTINUE READING

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