CU Defibrillator Study Finds Simple Leads are Safer

By Michael Booth, The Denver Post

Common heart defibrillators implanted in thousands of patients each month raise the risk of surgical problems and death without proof they work better than simpler devices, according to a new University of Colorado Medical School study.

A review of hundreds of thousands of cardiac-patient records raises important questions about the complex defibrillators, which attach electrical leads to two chambers of the heart and can alter beats to ward off dangerous rhythms.


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