Feasibility and findings of large-scale electrocardiographic screening in young-adults: Data from 32,561 subjects
MRI is safe in some patients with cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a study published Oct. 4 in Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors’ approach provides a template for other practitioners, writers concluded in an accompanying editorial, but the protocols should be followed strictly after weighing clinical benefits and risks.
As many as 75 percent of patients who receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) will develop conditions that may require MRI for diagnosis and treatment, and the aging population is likely to increase that need. But all ICDs and most of implanted pacemakers are considered a contraindication for MRI by the FDA and device manufacturers
Paris, France - Two studies from France presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2011 Congress show that implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients monitored remotely instead of relying on in-office visits suffer fewer inappropriate shocks without any significant difference in adverse events .
"ICD remote monitoring is a safe alternative to in-office follow-up, but no difference in major clinical events was demonstrated," explained Dr Philippe Mabo (University Hospital, Rennes, France), leader of the Evaluation of Tele Follow-up (EVATEL) study.
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