Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Patients With Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy: A Meta-analysis.

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IMPORTANCE: Conflicting data have emerged on the efficacy of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death (primary prevention ICDs) in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of primary prevention ICDs with all-cause mortality in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. DATA SOURCES: PubMed was searched from January 1, 2000, through October 31, 2016, for the terms implantable defibrillator OR implantable cardioverter defibrillator AND non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Additional references were identified from bibliographies of pertinent articles and queries to experts in this field. STUDY SELECTION: Inclusion criteria consisted of a randomized clinical trial design and comparison of the ICD with medical therapy (control) in at least 100 patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. In addition, studies had to report on all-cause mortality during a follow-up period of at least 12 months and be published in English. The search yielded 10 studies, of which only 1 met the inclusion criteria. A search of bibliographies of pertinent articles and queries of experts in this field led to 3 additional studies. DATA EXTRACTION AND SYNTHESIS: The PRISMA guidelines were used to abstract data and assess data quality and validity. Data were pooled using fixed- and random-effects models. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: The primary end point was all-cause mortality. Before data collection started, primary prevention ICDs were hypothesized to reduce all-cause mortality among patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. RESULTS: Four randomized clinical trials met the selection criteria and included 1874 unique patients; 937 were in the ICD group and 937 in the control group. Pooling data from these trials showed a significant reduction in all-cause mortality with an ICD (hazard ratio, 0.75; 95% CI, 0.61-0.93; P = .008; P = .87 for heterogeneity). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Primary prevention ICDs are efficacious at reducing all-cause mortality among patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. These findings support professional guidelines that recommend the use of ICDs in such patients.

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Cited Authors

  • Al-Khatib, SM; Fonarow, GC; Joglar, JA; Inoue, LYT; Mark, DB; Lee, KL; Kadish, A; Bardy, G; Sanders, GD

Published Date

  • June 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 685 - 688

PubMed ID

  • 28355432

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5815025

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2380-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jamacardio.2017.0630


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States