Patient and spouse acceptance and adaptation to implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

@article{Pycha1990PatientAS,
  title={Patient and spouse acceptance and adaptation to implantable cardioverter defibrillators.},
  author={C Pycha and Joseph R. Calabrese and A D Gulledge and James D. Maloney},
  journal={Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={57 5},
  pages={441-4}
}
Although electrophysiologic devices have been available since 1932 for managing sudden cardiac death, it was not until 1980 that the predecessor to the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator was introduced. Subsequently, questions about psychosocial adaptation have prevented wide acceptance of these devices. To study this issue, 69 patients with treatment-resistant ventricular arrhythmias were sent a questionnaire following cardioverter implantation; spouses also received… CONTINUE READING
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