Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Non-evidence based use of device therapy in heart failure

It's widely held that device therapy is underutilized in heart failure patients. But, according to this new study, when it is used it is often in a non-evidence based manner. Guidelines for device therapy require a period of optimal medical therapy before evaluating patients for device therapy, but in the study population a third of the patients were not on beta blockers.

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