When is intracardiac electrophysiologic evaluation indicated in the older or very elderly patient? Complications rates and data

Peter A. Brady, Win Kuang Shen

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Abstract

The use of invasive EPS and catheter ablation is well established for many cardiac rhythm disorders. Because of the high prevalence of arrhythmias, which often are tolerated poorly in the elderly, and the increased frequency of adverse effects of pharmacologic therapy in this population, the potential for benefit from invasive EPS and catheter ablation is great. The notion that elderly patients are at increased risk of complications from invasive EPS is not borne out by available data. Therefore, the suitability of this form of diagnostic and therapeutic approach should be based on the assessment of the individual patient and the clinical context, while taking into consideration patient-specific risks, goals, and expectations in adopting an invasive strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-360
Number of pages22
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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