Wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) therapy in primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in patients at risk

Ettinger S, Stanak M, Huić M, Hacek RT, Ercevic D, Grenkovic R, Wild C
Record ID 32017000160
Authors' objectives: This assessment, performed within the "European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) Joint Action 3, aimed to provide valid data on clinical effectiveness and safety of the WCD. Furthermore, the project intended to elicit patients' views on aspects regarding their cardiac disease and the WCD therapy as well as to identify neglected outcomes.
Authors' recommendations: According to the published data, no statement can be made about the device's effectiveness – further research is needed. Studies suggest that the WCD could be a relatively safe intervention in the short to medium term. However, more data and more adequate reporting of (serious) adverse events are needed in order to establish the device safety. In particular, more data is needed for specific risk stratification of high risk patients in order to further narrow down the wide range of indications for WCD use.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2016
URL for additional information: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1109/
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Austria
MeSH Terms
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac
  • Defibrillators
  • Humans
  • Secondary Prevention
Organisation Name: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment
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