What is the efficacy of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy in patients with post-myocardial infarction?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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In the case of post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients, no mortality benefit was observed from placing ICDs in patients with reduced ejection fraction until after 40 days post-MI and patient reassessment. This is likely due to the fact that death in the first 40 days post-MI may be attributed to causes other than arrhythmia. [31]


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