Is there unmet need for implantable cardioverter defibrillators? Findings from a post-mortem series of sudden cardiac death.

@article{Chase2008IsTU,
  title={Is there unmet need for implantable cardioverter defibrillators? Findings from a post-mortem series of sudden cardiac death.},
  author={Deborah L Chase and Paul J Roderick and Hayley Burnley and Patrick J. Gallagher and Paul Richard Roberts and John M. Morgan},
  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={2008},
  volume={10 6},
  pages={741-6}
}
AIMS To establish whether sudden cardiac death (SCD) victims could have been identified prior to their event and considered for an implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). METHODS AND RESULTS Consecutive post-mortem cases of adult SCDs presumed to be caused by a ventricular arrhythmia over 12 months (2002-03) from a defined catchment population, Southampton, UK (n = 443 824 adults aged >or=16 years). Pathological data were extracted from the post-mortem reports. Hospital and general… CONTINUE READING

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