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Programming Implanted Defibrillators to React More Slowly Might Be Safer: Study
Date:5/8/2013

amming interventions lead to reduced mortality, the unequivocal reduction in ICD shocks and the reduction in hospitalization without an increase in adverse events such as syncope suggests that this programming approach should be considered for adoption in the care of patients with ICDs and clinical characteristics similar to those enrolled in these studies."

Study author Gasparini noted that the research provides physicians with an easy programming guideline that's "applicable to the great majority of patients who may benefit from the reduction of unnecessary painful shocks and hospitalizations."

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Learn more about implantable cardioverter defibrillator from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Maurizio Gasparini, M.D., chief, pacing and electrophysiology unit, Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Rozzano, Italy; Ranjit Suri, M.D., director, electrophysiology service and the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; May 8, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association


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