The ABCD (Alternans Before Cardioverter Defibrillator) Trial: strategies using T-wave alternans to improve efficiency of sudden cardiac death prevention.

@article{Costantini2009TheA,
  title={The ABCD (Alternans Before Cardioverter Defibrillator) Trial: strategies using T-wave alternans to improve efficiency of sudden cardiac death prevention.},
  author={Otto Costantini and Stefan H. Hohnloser and Malcolm M. Kirk and Bruce B. Lerman and J. Howard Baker and Barathi Sethuraman and Mary M Dettmer and David S. Rosenbaum},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={53 6},
  pages={471-9}
}
OBJECTIVES Because risk stratification with electrophysiological study (EPS) improves efficiency but is invasive, we sought to determine whether noninvasive microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) testing could identify patients who benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) as well as EPS. BACKGROUND Prevention of sudden cardiac death on the basis of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) alone is inefficient, because most ICDs never deliver therapy. METHODS The ABCD… CONTINUE READING
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