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Arrhythmia Diagnosis Following an ICD Shock: Reply

John, Roy M. (2002) Arrhythmia Diagnosis Following an ICD Shock: Reply. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Dr. Levine's comments1 are greatly appreciated. Most modern ICDs have arrhythmia discrimination algorithms that have variable success in withholding inappropriate therapy. It must be borne in mind that enhancing specificity for ventricular arrhythmia detection can entail a loss of sensitivity. Accordingly, all algorithms necessarily err on the side of safety and will withhold therapy for only brief period of time. A persistent high rate will eventually be treated as a ventricular arrhythmia and can result in unnecessary and repetetive shocks. Hence the importance of aggressive management of supraventricular arrhythmias in these patients cannot be overemphasized.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:JOURNALS > Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
ID Code:4326
Deposited By:Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology, Journal
Deposited On:02 May 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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1. Paul A. Levine. Arrhythmia Diagnosis Following an ICD Shock: Comment. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal; 2002;2(1):6. [Free full text]

2. Roy M. John. Arrhythmia Diagnosis Following an ICD Shock.. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal; 2001;1(1):5. [Free full text]

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