Defibrillation Testing of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator: Habit or Necessity?

Author(s): 

Luis A. Pires, MD, FACC
Heart Rhythm Center and Cardiovascular Medicine, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

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Would like to see opinions re. the necessity for annual
induced ventricular fibrillation testing in the absence of any detected abnormalities, and not associated with potential lead defects.This is a standard recommendation to all patients with no contra-indications by some electrophysiologists, and unheard of by cardiologists in other parts of the country.

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