Minimizing inappropriate or "unnecessary" implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks: appropriate programming.

@article{Koneru2011MinimizingIO,
  title={Minimizing inappropriate or "unnecessary" implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks: appropriate programming.},
  author={Jayanthi N. Koneru and Charles D. Swerdlow and M. A. Wood and Kenneth A. Ellenbogen},
  journal={Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={4 5},
  pages={778-90}
}
Life-saving shocks are the raisons d’être of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Paradoxically, shocks also cause much of the morbidity associated with ICDs. Consistently, shocks reduce quality of life,1,2 and rarely, they may cause proarrhythmia.3,4 Additionally, shocks have been reported to be associated with excess mortality.5 Experts disagree about whether shocks are responsible for this excess mortality,6 but they do agree that ICDs should deliver the fewest shocks necessary to… CONTINUE READING
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