Nice headline, MedPage Today:
Rates of resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have fallen as more patients receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), Dutch researchers found.
In one province in the Netherlands, incidence of resuscitation for cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation dropped from 21.1 per 100,000 persons per year to 19.4 over the course of a decade as ICDs became more widespread (P<0.001), Rudolph Koster, MD, PhD, of Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, and colleagues reported online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
The shift could account for about 33% of the decline in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation seen in the study, they wrote
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