Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: the second decade.

  title={Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: the second decade.},
  author={G P Fazio and Enrico P Veltri},
  journal={Current opinion in cardiology},
  volume={6 1},
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have advanced from a hypothetical device (1970s), to the first human trials (1980s), to the current and future models capable of differentiating ventricular tachyarrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias and of applying selective electrical therapy. The device is successful in decreasing the expected high risk of sudden cardiac death in implantees from approximately 30% to approximately 2% at 1 year. However, because of the major surgical procedure required… CONTINUE READING