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CCF readmission

Lana J Dixon, J Gerry Murtagh, S Geoff Richardson, Eng Wooi Chew
AIMS: Frequent, lengthy hospital admissions for congestive cardiac failure (CCF) result in excessive health care costs. Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is a novel treatment option for patients with CCF and associated cardiac conduction defects. We investigated whether CRT resulted in significant improvements in New York Heart Association (NYHA) symptom class, exercise tolerance, and hospitalization rates in such patients. METHODS: Twenty-seven patients who underwent CRT in a single centre were studied, with NYHA symptom class, exercise tolerance and hospitalization rates noted in the 12 months prior to and following CRT...
November 2004: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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