Journal article

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in Octogenarians

Jitendra Vohra

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

Octogenarians are a growing section of the community. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantations and replacements in this age group are becoming frequent. There are no randomised control trials or large observational studies of octogenarians and indications for ICD implantations are extrapolated from published primary and secondary prevention trials, where the age group has been in its sixties. About 75% of ICDs are implanted for primary prevention guided by patient's ejection fraction. Most patients who have ICDs do not have a clear idea about the function and limitation of ICDs. Patient education about ICDs is an important aspect which deserves consideration, particularly i..

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