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Device therapy

Khaled Albouaini and D. Justin Wright

in Chronic Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199542338
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199542338.003.0007

Series: Oxford Cardiology Library

Device therapy

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• Conduction defects are common in patients with chronic heart failure, and are a marker of adverse prognosis. • The mechanical ventricular dys-synchrony associated with conduction defects is now a target for therapeutic intervention in some patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). • Resynchronization with biventricular pacemakers has been shown to improve mortality and quality of life in selected patients with CHF. • Ventricular arrhythmia is a common cause of death in patients with CHF. • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators improve prognosis in selected patients with CHF.

Chapter.  2317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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