Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators confer survival benefit in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Razak2010ImplantableCC,
  title={Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators confer survival benefit in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Eathar A Razak and Swapna Kamireddy and Samir Saba},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2010},
  volume={33 9},
  pages={1125-30}
}
BACKGROUND The prophylactic use of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has been shown to decrease mortality in patients with depressed left ventricular ejection function (LVEF ≤ 35%). Whether this beneficial effect persists in the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not established. METHODS We examined the medical records of patients with LVEF ≤ 35% and COPD and analyzed the data for total mortality by ICD status. Each ICD patient was matched by age and… CONTINUE READING

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