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Heart Health

13 April 2010

Study Questions Use of Heart Device Implants in the Very Old

One-fifth of procedures performed in patients aged 80 and older, researchers say

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"Implantable cardiac devices have been increasingly used in primary prevention of sudden cardiac death among patients with systolic heart failure, largely on the basis of favorable results from large multicenter clinical trials," wrote Jason P. Swindle, then of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and colleagues. "However, it has become increasingly apparent that certain patient subgroups may not benefit from device implantation."

 

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