Journal article

Comparison of the long-term efficacy of implantable defibrillators and sotalol for documented spontaneous sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias secondary to coronary artery disease

P Kovoor, A Yung, K Byth, VE Eipper, JB Uther, MJ Cooper, DL Ross

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | ADIS PRESS AUSTRALASIA P/L | Published : 1999

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The relative efficacy of antitachycardia pacing implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ATPICD) and sotalol in the treatment of ventricular tachyarrhythmias is controversial. AIM: To compare the mortality in patients treated with ATPICD and sotalol for documented spontaneous sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias occurring late after previous myocardial infarction. METHODS: In this non-randomised retrospective study of 139 consecutive patients all patients had inducible ventricular tachycardia at baseline electrophysiological studies. Before the availability of ATPICD, 22 patients were treated with sotalol as part of a randomised study comparing the efficacy of sotalol to amioda..

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