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.

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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 its incorrect to assume that the devices are inappropriate or unsafe for the elderly.
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