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Preventing tomorrow's sudden cardiac death today: dissemination of effective therapies for sudden cardiac death prevention

Sana M Al-Khatib, Gillian D Sanders, Mark Carlson, Aida Cicic, Anne Curtis, Gregg C Fonarow, Peter W Groeneveld, David Hayes, Paul Heidenreich, Daniel Mark, Eric Peterson, Eric N Prystowsky, Philip Sager, Marcel E Salive, Kevin Thomas, Clyde W Yancy, Wojciech Zareba, Douglas Zipes
American Heart Journal 2008, 156 (4): 613-22
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Because the burden of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is substantial, it is important to use all guideline-driven therapies to prevent SCD. Among those therapies is the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). When indicated, ICD use is beneficial and cost-effective. Unfortunately, studies suggest that most patients who have indications for this therapy for primary or secondary prevention of SCD are not receiving it. To explore potential reasons for this underuse and to propose potential facilitators for ICD dissemination, the Duke Center for the Prevention of SCD at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (Durham, NC) organized a think tank meeting of experts on this issue. The meeting took place on December 12 and 13, 2007, and it included representatives of clinical cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, general internal medicine, economics, health policy, the US Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Health care Research and Quality, and the device and pharmaceutical industry. Although the meeting was funded by industry participants, this article summarizing the presentations and discussions that occurred at the meeting presents the expert opinion of the authors.

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