TITLE

COMMENTARY: Prophylactic implantable cardioverter--defibrillators increased life expectancy with an acceptable cost-effectiveness ratio

AUTHOR(S)
Hillegass, William B.; McElderry Jr., Hugh T.
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p52
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that cardiovascular medicine is at the threshold of moving from an era of scientific and technical limitations to an era of economic limitation. Prophylactic implantable cardioverter--defibrillators (ICD) therapy stands as a stark test of how scientific, political, and economic forces will resolve this threshold in the U.S. and elsewhere. Researchers accurately summarize the clinical data in the form of cost-effectiveness analysis. Prophylactic ICD placement, in patients without documented ventricular arrhythmia but with significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction, increases average life expectancy by 2.1 to 6.2 undiscounted years.
ACCESSION #
20297624

 

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