Determinants of geographic variations in implantation of cardiac defibrillators in the European Society of Cardiology member countries-data from the European Heart Rhythm Association White Book

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Lubinski A., Bissinger A., Boersma L., Leenhardt A., Merkely B., Oto A., ...More

EUROPACE, vol.13, no.5, pp.654-662, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/europace/eur066
  • Journal Name: EUROPACE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.654-662
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aims Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major health concern in developed countries. Many studies have demonstrated the efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in the prevention of SCD and total mortality reduction. However, the high individual costs and the reimbursement policy may limit widespread ICD utilization.