Implantable Defibrillators Not Effective in Females
According to a new study, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICDs) may not reduce deaths in women. Men who have an ICD were 22% less likely to die. For women, there has been no difference in the odds of dying.
- Around 30% of the people who receive an ICD are women.
- Implantable defibrillators are used to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with heart failure.
- The study is published in the September 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.