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Recalled ICD leads fail in women, youths most often
Date:1/31/2011

p>These findings could have significant implications for the management of patients who have Fidelis leads. While Fidelis continue to fail, Hauser and his colleagues conclude that there is currently no indication for arbitrarily replacing leads in patients who were indicated for ICDs, particularly due to the potential risk with the replacement procedures.

"Only in the hands of experienced operators should Fidelis lead replacement even be considered in these younger patients or women, who are expected to live with an ICD for a number of years," Hauser stresses.


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Contact: Meghan Bethke
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Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
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