Use of cardiac radionuclide imaging to identify patients at risk for arrhythmic sudden cardiac death.

@article{Kelesidis2012UseOC,
  title={Use of cardiac radionuclide imaging to identify patients at risk for arrhythmic sudden cardiac death.},
  author={Iosif Kelesidis and Mark I. Travin},
  journal={Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={142-52; quiz 153-7}
}
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) accounts for about ½ of all cardiovascular deaths, in most cases the result of a lethal ventricular arrhythmia. Patients considered at risk are often treated with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), but current criteria for device use, based largely on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), leads to many patients receiving ICDs that they do not use, and many others not receiving ICDs but who suffer SCD. Thus, better methods of identifying patients at risk… CONTINUE READING