Defibrillation Threshold Testing and Long-term Follow-up in Chagas Disease

Marco Paulo Cunha Campos, Luiz Fernando Gouveia Bernardes, João Paulo Chaves de Melo, Lucas Corsino dos Santos, Cristiano Honório Ribeiro Teixeira, Maria Licia Ribeiro Cury Pavão, Elerson Arfelli, Adilson Scorzoni Filho, Anis Rassi Jr, José A. Marin-Neto & André Schmidt
Abstract Background Sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of death in chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy (CCC). Because most CCC patients who are candidates for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) meet criteria for high defibrillation threshold values, a defibrillator threshold test (DTT) is suggested. Objectives We investigated the use of DTT in CCC patients, focusing on deaths related to ICD and arrhythmic events, as well as treatment during long-term follow-up. Methods We retrospectively evaluated 133 CCC patients...
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