Roughly four in five Americans with cardiac implantable electronic device infections don’t receive recommended treatment, according to a Philips-funded study out of Duke University.
The large-scale, real-world analysis of CMS data also found that complete hardware extraction within 6 days was associated with a 42.9% lower risk of death than among patients who did not undergo device removal. Groups including the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have recommended extraction for all patients with a definite CIED infection, including complete device and lead removal.
Duke University researchers unveiled the results at the American College of Cardiology’s 71st Annual Scientific Session, which is wrapping up today in Washington, D.C.
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