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Heart Fail Clin. 2009 Jan;5(1):63-73, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2008.08.012.

Cardiac devices in emergency department heart failure patients.

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  • Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1252, USA. james.neuenschwander@osumc.edu


As more patients have pacemakers and internal cardioverter defibrillators implanted, and live longer with these and other life-extending therapies, the utility of these devices and the potential for malfunction become meaningful to physicians. This article presents a basic understanding of the reasons for implantation, how the devices function, and what to do to help improve patient care if a problem occurs.

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