Primary prevention of sudden cardiac death using implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
Europace. 2008 Sep;10(9):1034-41
Authors: Ding L, Hua W, Niu H, Chen K, Zhang S
Despite substantial advances in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains a leading cause of death in industrialized countries. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has been demonstrated to be an attractive option for primary prevention of SCD in high-risk patients. This review discusses the progress in the risk stratification for selecting high-risk patients, highlights the clinical trials of primary prevention for SCD, outlines the efficacy of combined use of cardiac resynchronization therapy with ICD, and analyses the cost-effectiveness issue of this device.
PMID: 18559335 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]