Good Psychosocial Adaptation to Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
Sudden cardiac death accounts for approximately 450,000 of all annual cardiac deaths in the United States alone , making it one of the leading causes of death today . Although the pathogenesis of sudden cardiac death remains unclear, it has been accepted that the majority of these out-of-the-hospital deaths are caused by ventricular fibrillation related to a malignant ventricular arrhythmia . One year mortality rates (26%) remain high despite the availability of potent antiarrhythmic agents and arrhythmia surgery [1,3].
KeywordsImplantable CARDIOVERTER Defibrillator Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Psychosocial Adaptation Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmia Patient Implantable CARDIOVERTER Defibrillator
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