implantable cardioverter defibrillator


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implantable cardioverter defibrillator

A defibrillator designed to treat a cardiac tachyarrhythmia directly. If a patient has a ventricular defibrillator and the device senses a ventricular rate that exceeds the programmed cut-off rate of the defibrillator, the device performs cardioversion/defibrillation. Alternatively, the device, if so programmed, may attempt to pace rapidly for a number of pulses, usually around 10, to attempt pace-termination of a ventricular tachycardia.
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Hundal et al., "Impact of moderate to severe renal impairment on mortality and appropriate shocks in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators," Cardiology Research and Practice, vol.
Impact of advanced age on survival in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Europace 2008;10:1296-1301.
Should the indications for device therapy expand in the future, as has occurred for implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy within the past decade, then the projected increase in implantations and associated increase in health care costs "could be of much greater magnitude," he added.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can terminate episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) or fibrillation (VF), thus reducing the risk of sudden death.
W, age 51, received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) after a diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation is a common approach in patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death.
They have come up with the idea with former patients of launching the Kickstart support group at the hospital for anyone living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which shocks the heart into action.
The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of a brief educational intervention administered two weeks after Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD) implantation on subsequent levels of anxiety, depression, stress and hostility.
Final results of the Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SDC-HeFT) are prompting a significant expansion of Medicare coverage, increasing the number of Medicare beneficiaries eligible for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) by one-third, or 500,000 patients.
A device that combines an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients at high risk for sudden death due to ventricular arrhythmias.

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