Longer Detection Time Helps Prevent Unnecessary ICD Shocks

Increasing the detection intervals in ICD programming can reduce the number of unnecessary or inappropriate shocks, according to results of the ADVANCE III study published in JAMA.

A group of Italian investigators randomized 1,902 patients receiving an ICD to programming with either long- or standard-detection intervals. After 12 months of followup, patients in the long-detection group had a significant reduction in the primary endpoint, which was the total number of antitachycardia pacing episodes and shocks:

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