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Elderly heart patients could benefit from ICDs

Elderly heart patients could benefit from ICDs
1st May 2008

New research suggests that implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) can help elderly heart patients live longer after heart failure.

A team from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine studies health care data from 14,250 Medicare beneficiaries aged over 60-years-old who had been treated for congestive heart disease and noted that those who received an ICD had a 38 per cent lower mortality rate.

The researchers also claim that 13 per cent of patients with an ICD died a year after the implantation, compared with 23 per cent of patients who did not receive one, with the gap widening to 17 per cent compared with 29 per cent the next year.

"This study confirms, through real-world experience among thousands of patients, what clinical trials among hundreds of patients found, which is that ICDs enable patients to live longer," stated lead researcher Dr Peter Groeneveld.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that income level can have an impact on stroke risk – with more affluent individuals being less likely to suffer one.

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