Prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator in heart failure: the growing evidence for all or Primum non nocere for some?

@article{Looi2017ProphylacticIC,
  title={Prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillator in heart failure: the growing evidence for all or Primum non nocere for some?},
  author={Khang-Li Looi and Nigel Lever and Anthony S. L. Tang and Sharad Agarwal},
  journal={Heart Failure Reviews},
  year={2017},
  volume={22},
  pages={305-316}
}
Heart failure (HF) is a common health problem and has reached epidemic in many western countries. Despite the current era of HF treatment, the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in HF remains significant. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) support has been shown to reduce the risk of SCD in patients with HF and impaired left ventricular function. Prophylactic ICD implantation in HF patients seems a logical step to reduce mortality through a reduction in SCD. However, ICD implantation… CONTINUE READING
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