The BEST + ICD Trial: Is ICD Also Effective in the Presence of Optimized β-Blocking Therapy?

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Total mortality and sudden death rates during the first year following an acute MI have significantly decreased in the past decade (from 2.8% and 7.1% to 1.9% and 3.0%, respectively) [1,2] as a result of modern therapy with thrombolytic agents [1–3], aspirin [4], β-blockers [5], angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors [6], statines [7, 8], and revascularization procedures [9]. Nevertheless, approximately 10% of post-MI survivors remain at high risk of dying in the first months or years following hospital discharge (mortality > 25% at 2 years) [10]. This population accounts for a considerable proportion of deaths every year, approximately 37,500 cases in the USA and 3750 in Italy [11, 12]. Sudden death secondary to sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) accounts for about 50% of all deaths in these high-risk patients [13]. Identification and protection of post-MI patients who are predisposed to develop life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias during follow-up is crucial in order to reduce both sudden death and all-cause mortality.


Heart Rate Variability Acute Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Premature Beat Sustained Ventricular Arrhythmia Ventricular Late Potential 
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  1. 1.2. Med. Abt. AK St. GeorgHamburgGermany

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