Pacemaker therapy in very elderly patients: long-term survival and prognostic parameters.

@article{Schmidt2003PacemakerTI,
  title={Pacemaker therapy in very elderly patients: long-term survival and prognostic parameters.},
  author={Boris Schmidt and Michael S. Brunner and M. Olschewski and Christine Hummel and Thomas Skodie Faber and Andreas Grom and Ulrich Dr. Giesler and Christopher Bode and Manfred Dr Zehender},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={146 5},
  pages={
          908-13
        }
}
BACKGROUND Permanent pacing is the therapy of choice for treating severe and/or symptomatic bradyarrhythmia. However, augmented life expectancy and increasing health care expenditures have led to questions concerning the routine use of electrotherapy in very elderly patients. This study is aimed at assessing data on the actual number, characteristics, and survival of patients requiring pacing therapy at age > or =80 years. METHODS Between 1971 and 2000, 1588 patients aged > or =80 years… CONTINUE READING
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