Navigation Links
Are ICDs up to par with patients living longer?
Date:4/4/2011

Most patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) now live more than seven years and those ICD patients with hereditary heart disease can live for decades, based on a scientific paper that will be presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, April 1-3.

With ICM, the left ventricle of the patient's heart pumps blood poorly due to coronary artery disease. With DCM, the heart has become weakened and enlarged, and cannot pump blood efficiently. Therefore, these conditions often require ICDs to improve blood flow and prevent sudden cardiac death.

"These patients commonly contend with sudden cardiac death and heart failure," according to lead author Robert Hauser, MD, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. However, the long-term survival of these patients treated with contemporary ICDs is "unknown due to the lack of clinical studies that followed these patient populations after implantation," Hauser says, and this information would be valuable for improving ICD therapy.

Therefore, Hauser and his colleagues retrospectively assessed survival for ICD patients implanted at Minneapolis Heart Institute between 2000 and 2009.

Between 2000 and 2009, 1,555 patients (mean age: 64.9 years; gender: 75.2 percent male) received initial single chamber (18.5 percent), dual chamber (42.2 percent) or cardiac resynchronization (39.3 percent) ICDs.

The average survival for these patients was seven years, and individuals with hereditary heart disease lived much longer since they were generally younger at the time of implantation.

"We were pleased to discover how long these patients were living," Hauser said. "Because these patients are living this long, it has significant implications for how long the devices need to last. Typically, ICDs last between four to six years, but these findings indicate that the devices require long-lived batteries."

The researchers concluded that their findings, which were consistent across all ICD manufacturers, also underscore the need for long-lived ICD pulse generators and leads.

"Contemporary ICDs need to be flexible and durable enough to adapt to the evolving clinical needs of the patient who is living longer," Hauser says.


'/>"/>

Contact: Meghan Bethke
mbethke@mhif.org
612-863-5410
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. ICU Patients at Risk for Rare Heart Rhythm Problem
2. Young patients with chronic illnesses find relief in acupuncture
3. For Some Breast Cancer Patients, Shorter Radiation Works Well
4. New Study Uses Adult Stem Cells in Effort to Save Limbs of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease
5. Patients with Lethal Lung Disease Finally Receive Recognition by Social Security Administration
6. Behavioral therapy improves sleep and lives of patients with pain
7. Protecting patients: Study shows that Johns Hopkins flu vaccination rates twice national average
8. MSU researcher linking breast cancer patients with alternative therapies
9. New American Heart Association Survey Finds Heart Disease and Stroke Patients Face Significant Barriers in Obtaining Quality, Affordable Care
10. Fishy Smell May Keep Patients From Diabetes Drug
11. AGA offers new recommendations for CRC surveillance for certain patients with IBD
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/9/2016)... Altamonte Springs, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 09, ... ... nation’s leading innovative specialty pharmacies, announces today the continuation of the ‘Pay It ... donations for each prescription referral received at our specialty pharmacy. , “Since ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Dr. Rassouli, cosmetic dentist in Orange ... among the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry today, but the cost often leads ... them at risk of teeth whitening-related damage. For a limited time, Dr. Rassouli is ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... ... United Methodist Communications collaborated with Chocolate Moose Media and ... designed to prevent the next widespread Ebola outbreak from occurring in West ... Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and other African countries, with additional ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... CURE Media Group , the nation’s leading digital and ... Heroes Awards event , which will annually honor individuals making heroic contributions in the ... MM Heroes Awards nomination process is officially open through February 17 for ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... The Valentine’s Season is famous for ... members and significant others that they are loved. This year, for more than 5.6 ... they cost - just won't be enough to remind them of the lives they’ve led ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)...  Landauer, Inc. (NYSE: LDR ), a recognized ... outsourced medical physics services and high quality medical consumable ... first quarter ended December 31, 2015. ... Quarter Highlights , Revenue of $36.5 million compared ... , Domestic Radiation Measurement services revenues increased 2.8% year-over-year ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Calif., Feb. 9, 2016  Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. ... genome editing, today reported its fourth quarter and ... in vivo therapeutic genome editing," said ... "Our zinc finger nuclease (ZFN) technology leads the ... the core competencies necessary to move our ground-breaking ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... , February 9, 2016 ... a collaboration with 10x Genomics to develop and ... biology and bioinformatics. --> QGEN ; ... with 10x Genomics to develop and promote comprehensive ... bioinformatics. --> QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: