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Primary Prevention ICDs Yield Survival Benefits

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Among eligible patients, those who undergo implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation appear to benefit from a significantly decreased mortality rate when compared with those who do not undergo implantation, according to a retrospective analysis. The authors noted that vigilance is required to ensure that patients eligible for primary prevention ICDs are appropriately referred and assessed.

Abstract: Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, August 2012.

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