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Study Questions Use of Heart Device Implants in the Very Old
Date:4/12/2010

older patients had slightly more complications related to the device procedure," the researchers wrote.

"Given trends in the demographics of heart failure and the costs of device therapy, additional studies are required to clarify the appropriateness of device implantation in older patients with heart failure, as well as the merits of less invasive options," they concluded.

The study is published in the April 12 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about implantable cardioverter defibrillators.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, April 12, 2010


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