Sudden cardiac death and channelopathies: A review of implantable defibrillator therapy

Grace R. Choi, Co Burn J. Porter, Michael J. Ackerman

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Abstract

We considered the role of ICD therapy in the treatment of young persons who have a cardiac channelopathy. Although ICDs in the young constitute only a small "market-share" of the ICDs that are implanted worldwide, the ICD device has had a profound, life-saving impact on young persons who have SCD-predisposing conditions. Despite the fact that continued technological and procedural improvements are needed to decrease the frequency of unwanted and unpleasant inappropriate shocks, infections, and other device-related complications, the ICD device represents one of the true success stories of medicine. The impact of the device in the young person who is at risk of SCD has been shocking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1289-1303
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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