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Exploring Variances in Dual-Chamber ICD Use

Each year in the United States, approximately 140,000 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are implanted in cardiac patients. Physicians often face challenges when working with patients to decide whether it’s best to...

Primary Prevention ICDs Yield Survival Benefits

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,...

Investigating Referrals for ICDs

The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society have published guidelines that provide patient selection criteria for the use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) as primary...

New Additions to the “Never Events” List

You are probably familiar with the CMS “never events” initiative. CMS has decided it will not reimburse hospitals for treatment related to complications that it says should never occur. Here is the current list. Foreign object...

Use of Preventive Services Lacking Among Americans

CDC researchers have found that nearly half of American adults missed out on 15 key preven­tive services prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, suggests that...

Analyzing Preventive CRT in the Elderly

Published studies have shown that the prevalence of congestive heart failure (CHF) increases as people age, rising from 2% to 3% in the total population to 10% to 20% after patients reach age 75. When compared with younger...

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