Use and long-term outcomes of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, 1990 to 2009.

BACKGROUND Automated implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) have become standard therapy for patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death. Linked data allow examination of trends in use and long-term survival after ICD implantation in an adult population. METHODS Linked state-wide person-based data on hospital admissions and deaths from 1980 to… CONTINUE READING