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Use of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators Among Medicare Patients

Daniel E. Forman, MD1; Mathew S. Maurer, MD2; Michael W. Rich, MD3
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1Section of Geriatric Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
3Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA. 2015;314(17):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12212.
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To the Editor Dr Pokorney and colleagues1 described low (8.1%) use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in older patients with myocardial infarction (MI) who met criteria for implantation. They inferred that many older patients with MI not referred for ICDs might have benefited with significant prolongation of life. They also suggested that modifiable system factors contribute to ICD underuse.


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November 3, 2015
Sean D. Pokorney, MD, MBA; Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH; Tracy Y. Wang, MD, MHS, MSc
1Division of Cardiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2015;314(17):1874-1875. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12218.
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