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[Treatment with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Experiences from Skejby hospital during the period 1989-1994].

Authors
  • Nielsen, J C
  • Christiansen, E H
  • Mortensen, P T
  • Pedersen, A K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ugeskrift for laeger
Publication Date
Feb 19, 1996
Volume
158
Issue
8
Pages
1068–1072
Identifiers
PMID: 8638339
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate survival and therapy for ventricular tachyarrhythmia in patients treated with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)-implantation at Skejby Hospital. Seventy-two patients, of which 54 were male, have received an ICD since 1989. Mean (range) age was 54 (16-74) years. Forty-nine (68%) had ischaemic heart disease. The patients were followed for a median (range) of 14 (1/2-50) months. Kaplan-Meyer plots are presented for total mortality, cardiac mortality, sudden cardiac mortality, appropriate therapy, and therapy for life-threatening tachyarrhythmia. After one, two and three years respectively, mortality was respectively 13, 27, and 32%, cardiac mortality was 5, 19, and 24%, sudden cardiac mortality was 3, 6, and 12%, cumulative incidence of appropriate therapy was 56, 66, and 90%, and cumulative incidence of therapy for life-threatening tachyarrhythmia was 19, 29 and 52%. It is concluded, that the majority of patients treated with an ICD developed ventricular tachyarrhythmia and had appropriate or lifesaving ICD-therapy during follow-up.

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