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Comment & Response
September 9, 2013

Patient Preferences for Deactivation of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Cardiology, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England
  • 2Centre for the Study of Choice, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 3Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(16):1556-1557. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8141

To the Editor The Research Letter on patient preferences for deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) provides useful data that may help avoid some device-related dilemmas increasingly encountered in clinical practice.1 Patients often intuitively accept the evidence-based offer of ICD therapy to avoid the specter of sudden death without fully appreciating the consequences of that decision.

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