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September 2, 2009

Physician Certification and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators

JAMA. 2009;302(9):941-943. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1235

To the Editor: In reading the study by Dr Curtis and colleagues1 and the associated Editorial by Dr Coromilas,2 I was particularly interested in the observation that electrophysiologists were more likely than nonelectrophysiologist cardiologists, thoracic surgeons, or other specialists to implant an ICD capable of providing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) when the patient was eligible for this therapy. However, I wondered whether electrophysiologists were also more likely than these specialists to implant a CRT-D device when the patient was not eligible for this therapy.

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