September 13th, 2011

Implanted Heart Device Infections Deadly, Costly

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Infections associated with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices are tied to higher rates of death during hospital stay and over the long term, researchers found. In adjusted analyses, patients with infection had significantly increased inpatient mortality compared with those who didn't have an infection, and the rate ratios varied by device type (RR 4.8 for CRT-D to 7.7 for CRT-P, P<0.001 for all), Muhammad Sohail, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues reported online in Archives of Internal Medicine. Additional coverage: Forbes, HealthDay

MedPage Today, by Kristina Fiore, 9/13/11

Tags: Cardiology

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