Intravascular device infections: epidemiology, diagnosis, and management.

  title={Intravascular device infections: epidemiology, diagnosis, and management.},
  author={Glenn Gandelman and William H. Frishman and Cristina S Wiese and Vanessa Green-Gastwirth and Steven Hong and Wilbert S Aronow and Harold W. Horowitz},
  journal={Cardiology in review},
  volume={15 1},
Intravascular devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), and prosthetic vascular grafts are life-saving therapies for patients with malignant arrhythmias, heart failure, and various vascular diseases. As indications for their use have increased, so has the prevalence of infectious complications associated with these devices. We present a review of the clinical literature on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of… CONTINUE READING
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