The use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators for the prevention of sudden cardiac death: a review of the evidence and implications.

@article{Crespo2005TheUO,
  title={The use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators for the prevention of sudden cardiac death: a review of the evidence and implications.},
  author={Eric M Crespo and Jane Kim and Kimberly A. Selzman},
  journal={The American journal of the medical sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={329 5},
  pages={238-46}
}
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) claims approximately 460,000 lives per year in the United States, and half of these deaths occur in people with a history of coronary artery disease. Patients with left ventricular dysfunction and a history of myocardial infarction are at especially high risk. There is now strong evidence from multiple well-designed randomized controlled trials that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) save lives when used for both primary and secondary prevention. As… CONTINUE READING
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