Clinical trials update: sudden cardiac death prevention by implantable device therapy

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2005 Mar;17(1):33-8, x. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2004.09.005.


Sudden cardiac death represents an enormous public health problem in all developed countries of the world. In the United States, sudden cardiac death occurs in more than 400,000 people each year and is the leading cause of death. In sudden cardiac death, the heart abruptly and unexpectedly ceases to function (cardiac arrest), presumably because of an electrical disturbance. Individuals deemed high risk for sudden cardiac death may be treated with implantable defibrillators. This article highlights evidence from randomized, controlled trials of implantable device therapy used in prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / epidemiology
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Defibrillators, Implantable / standards
  • Defibrillators, Implantable / statistics & numerical data*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Health Policy
  • Heart Failure / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Primary Prevention / instrumentation
  • Primary Prevention / methods
  • Public Health
  • Risk Factors
  • Syncope / prevention & control
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / prevention & control
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States / epidemiology