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Risk Stratification for ICDs: The Debate Rages On

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The clinical trials MADIT II and SCD-HeFT definitively proved the benefit of ICDs for preventing the risk of sudden cardiac death and paved the way for reimbursement. But now that the excitement has died down, the confusion has set in. Clinicians aren't entirely sure in which real-world patients to implant devices. The debate about the proper methods of risk stratifying patients for ICD implantation rages on.

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