Features October 2013 Issue

Older Patients May Benefit from Implantable Cardiac Devices

Overall health, not simply age, should be the primary consideration in deciding if an implantable cardioverter defibrillator should be implanted.

Research shows that older patients who receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) tend to have more complications and greater mortality than younger patients. However, a recent study suggests that itís incorrect to assume that the devices are inappropriate or unsafe for the elderly.

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