Outcomes from the use of the implantable cardiac defibrillator: a critical appraisal of the literature

Hider P
Record ID 31998008141
Authors' objectives:

To estimate the benefit of the ICD at terminating ventricular arrhythmias, on total survival and on the recipient's quality of life.

Authors' recommendations: There is some general recognition in the literature that the ICD is most appropriate for patients who are in one of two groups that are at high risk of sudden cardiac death. The two groups are: cardiac arrest survivors; people at high risk of a malignant tachyarrhythmia on the basis of either a previous arrythmia and/or an induced arrhythmia, without an arrest, who are either not eligible or have failed other medical or surgical treatments and usually have underlying ischaemic heart disease and/or a low ejection fraction.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: New Zealand
MeSH Terms
  • Defibrillators, Implantable
Organisation Name: New Zealand Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: Department of Public Health and General Practice, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, P.O. Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 364 1145; Fax: +64 3 364 1152;
Contact Name: nzhta@chmeds.ac.nz
Contact Email: nzhta@chmeds.ac.nz
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