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  • inpursuit3 inpursuit3 Jan 4, 2011 2:53 PM Flag

    Who Shouldn't Get ICD Device?

    Heart Defibrillators Implanted in 1 in 5 Patients Who Shouldn't Get Device

    The analysis of 111,707 patients found 22.5 percent didn’t qualify for a defibrillator because they had recently undergone bypass surgery, were recovering from a heart attack or had newly diagnosed or dangerously advanced heart failure. Those patients were either excluded from studies showing defibrillators can be life-saving or were found not to benefit from the devices.

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