Indications for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement in ischemic cardiomyopathy and after myocardial infarction
Curr Heart Fail Rep
Dramatic reductions in the rate of sudden cardiac death due to use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) have been well-established in several large randomized clinical trials including patients with left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction. This article reviews the literature regarding ICD utilization in the postinfarction population, with a strong emphasis on recent clinical trials. The most current indications for, and timing of, ICD implantation postinfarction also are summarized. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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