Cardioverter-defibrillator implantation: Is it appropriate for patients with syncope of unknown origin?

M. S. Link, X. F. Costeas, J. L. Griffith, C. D. Colburn, N. A.M. Estes, P. J. Wang

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Abstract

Since available data are limited, we undertook this long-term follow-up study of 50 consecutive patients with syncope of undetermined origin who had ventricular tachyarrhythmias at electrophysiological evaluation and were treated with an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator. During follow-up, appropriate device shocks were common (50% at three-year follow-up) and sudden cardiac death was rare (2%). Our findings support the newer strategy of using the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator to manage patients with syncope of unknown origin and inducible ventricular arrhythmias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalCardiology Review
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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