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Invited Commentary
Nov 14, 2011

Cardiac Implantable Electronic DevicesComment on “Mortality and Cost Associated With Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Infections”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(20):1829-1830. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.446

Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have become increasingly more important in the management of chronic heart disease since their introduction more than 50 years ago.1 In 2000, an estimated 3.4 million people were living with a permanent CIED worldwide.2

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