Racial disparity in the utilization of implantable-cardioverter defibrillators among patients with prior myocardial infarction and an ejection fraction of

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Age-adjusted sudden cardiac death rates are highest for black patients compared with other racial groups. The prophylactic implantation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) provides a significant reduction in sudden cardiac death and overall mortality in patients after myocardial infarctions with significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to determine whether black patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction were less likely than white patients to receive ICDs for the primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. Data from the National Registry to Advance Heart Health (ADVANCENT) were analyzed to determine which patients with histories of myocardial infarctions and ejection fractions

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Cited Authors

  • Thomas, KL; Al-Khatib, SM; Kelsey, RC; Bush, H; Brosius, L; Velazquez, EJ; Peterson, ED; Gilliam, FR

Published Date

  • September 15, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 924 - 929

PubMed ID

  • 17826371

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9149

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjcard.2007.04.024


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States