Should Cardiologists Say Yes to the Vest? AHA Offers Guidanc
The questions focus on the 40 to 90 days after a patient experiences an initial cardiac arrest or receives a diagnosis of sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Although these arrhythmias are associated with one in three out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, often when defibrillation is unavailable, practice guidelines and appropriate use criteria indicate cardiologists should wait 40 days or more before installing an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) to be certain adequate risk assessments have been performed...