How Can Optimization of Medical Treatment Avoid Unnecessary Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Implantations in Patients With Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy Presenting With “SCD-HeFT Criteria?”

The American Journal of Cardiology, 03/02/2012

Two thirds of patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and “Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD–HeFT) criteria,” at presentation did not maintain implantable cardioverter–defibrillator indications 3 to 9 months later with optimal medical therapy. Their long–term outcome was excellent, similar to that observed for patients who had never met the “SCD–HeFT criteria.”

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