COMMENTARY: Review: Cardiac resynchronization therapy reduces mortality and hospitalization for heart failure

Corsello, Andrew
March 2005
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 142 Issue 2, p35
Academic Journal
The article reports that cardiac resynchronization therapy reduces mortality and hospitalization for heart failure. Most of the cost associated with biventricular (BiV) implants occurs at implantation. The devices can be maintained at minimal cost with long-lasting batteries. The implantation of resynchronization devices is a highly technical procedure. The leads and delivery systems currently available dramatically improve implant success and shorten procedure duration. An intention-to-treat comparison of costs of modern resynchronization equipment would assist in patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).


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