Implantable defibrillators and sudden cardiac death.

  title={Implantable defibrillators and sudden cardiac death.},
  author={Mark E. Josephson and Hein J. J. Wellens},
  volume={109 22},
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is among the most common causes of death in developed countries throughout the world. It is estimated that more than 3 million people die yearly from SCD, with a survival rate of less than 1%. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control recently estimated an annual incidence of 450 000 sudden deaths,1 with a survival rate of approximately 5%, although this probably is an overestimation. Although there has been a reduction in total cardiac mortality from 728… CONTINUE READING
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