Women More Likely Than Men to Experience Complications After ICD Implantation


Among patients who underwent implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation, women had a higher risk for complications and were less likely to experience appropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator-delivered therapies compared with men, according to recent study results.

Researchers in Canada conducted an analysis of 6,021 patients (21.4% women) who were referred to an electrophysiologist for possible ICD implantation between February 2007 and July 2010. To examine potential sex differences in ICD implantation and device outcomes, they measured implantation rate; complications up to 45 days; device outcomes, including appropriate shocks and therapies; and deaths up to 1 year.


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