HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Implanted defibrillators cut heart patients death risk, some more than others

NEW ORLEANS -- Implanted devices that can shock a failing heart back into regular rhythm do an excellent job of keeping patients alive, two new University of Michigan studies find.

The research also suggests that doctors may be able to categorize their patients according to their individual risk factors, to determine who might get the largest benefit from the expensive devices, called implanted cardiac defibrillators, or ICDs. The studies also reinforce the importance of providing good follow-up care to all heart failure patients, whether or not they receive an implanted device.

With Medicare poised to start covering ICDs for many more patients than ever before, the new results come just in time to help doctors decide which patients might get the greatest benefit from the costly devices. More than half a million more people may qualify for ICDs, which cost around $20,000, under Medicare guidelines that will take effect soon.

The data were presented here today in two talks at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association by a U-M Cardiovascular Center team that analyzed data from 7,000 veterans treated for heart trouble in Veterans Affairs hospitals between 1995 and 1999. All had congestive heart failure, heart muscle damage caused by clogged blood vessels, and a heart rhythm irregularity called ventricular arrhythmia. Of the 7,000 patients, 1,442 had received an ICD.

The researchers found that those who received an ICD were 60 percent less likely to die in the next year, and 48 percent less likely to die in three years, than those who did not receive an ICD. Most of this reduction in death risk was due to reduction in heart-related deaths. ICDs are specifically designed to prevent sudden cardiac death, in which the heart's electrical system goes haywire, causing it to stop beating.

But ICD recipients who had co-existing medical conditions, especially diabetes or kidney failure, were much more likely to
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
8-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Implanted devices detect high-risk heart failure patients
2. Implanted defibrillators not covered for half of patients who could benefit, study finds
3. Implanted stimulator for Parkinsons disease impairs cognitive function
4. Implanted defibrillators and anti-theft systems appear safe under normal circumstances
5. Implantable heart defibrillators
6. More doubts over value of defibrillators
7. One use every seven years makes automated external defibrillators a good buy
8. Benefit of public defibrillators is marginal
9. Implantable defibrillators cost-effective for preventing sudden death
10. Health and fitness facilities need defibrillators
11. New study in Nature demonstrates protection against cell death during heart attack

Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/20/2014)... New York, NY (PRWEB) December 20, 2014 ... with the healthcare sector have benefited the Massage ... Given the discretionary characteristics of industry products, the anticipated ... the five-year period has provided consumers with the means ... adults that have received a massage in a given ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be anything but ... fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. ... that have been packed away in dank basements or ... asthma patients," Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member ... in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... 20, 2014 As Risperdal lawsuits ... in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes the ... children treated with the medication may experience elevated ... development and lactation. The study, which appears in ... adolescents who began treatment with risperidone, an antipsychotic ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) December 20, 2014 ... have announced the release of a new plugin for ... Pixel Film Studios. , “TranSlice Volume 5 allows users ... literally hand draw it.” Said Christina Austin, CEO of ... to add level of professionalism while maintaining an easy ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... Today, Balfleet.com, one of the most ... offering 50%-70% off on its Mother of the ... mother of the bride dresses from Balfleet.com feature gorgeous ... accessible and takes pride in providing high quality dresses ... offering great discounts on our mother of the bride ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Massage Services in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 2Health News:Massage Services in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated 3Health News:Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies 2Health News:Risperdal Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Publication of Study Suggesting Medication May Raise Prolactin Levels in Children 2Health News:Risperdal Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Publication of Study Suggesting Medication May Raise Prolactin Levels in Children 3Health News:Risperdal Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Publication of Study Suggesting Medication May Raise Prolactin Levels in Children 4Health News:Pixel Film Studios released a new transition entitled TranSlice Volume 5 exclusively for Final Cut Pro X 2Health News:Balfleet.com is Offering 50%-70% Off of its Mother of the Bride Dresses 2
(Date:12/17/2014)... and SAN DIEGO , Dec. 17, ... PHG ; AEX: PHIA) and Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: ... solutions for cardiovascular applications, today announced that they have entered ... will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the ... share, or a total equity purchase price of USD 1 ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 17, 2014 With ... (MRI), the MRI market is seeing new growth, ... breast MRI scans account for the majority of ... higher resolution of images, which are creating opportunities for ... (MRI) market is growing at a rate of ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... MARLBOROUGH, Mass. , Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and ... using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced completion of enrollment in ... results from the 3-month observations confirmed the 1-month ... year:  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130917/NE80755LOGO ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 2Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 3Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 4Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 5Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 6Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 7Philips to acquire Volcano to expand global leadership position in image-guided therapy market 8Kalorama: 3T Advancements Bringing New Growth to the MRI Market 2Kalorama: 3T Advancements Bringing New Growth to the MRI Market 3RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Sustained Effect of RXI-109 at Three Months Post Scar Revision Surgery and the Completion of Enrollment for its Phase 2a Trial RXI-109-1301 2RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Sustained Effect of RXI-109 at Three Months Post Scar Revision Surgery and the Completion of Enrollment for its Phase 2a Trial RXI-109-1301 3RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Sustained Effect of RXI-109 at Three Months Post Scar Revision Surgery and the Completion of Enrollment for its Phase 2a Trial RXI-109-1301 4RXi Pharmaceuticals Announces Sustained Effect of RXI-109 at Three Months Post Scar Revision Surgery and the Completion of Enrollment for its Phase 2a Trial RXI-109-1301 5
Cached News: