Medication Plus Beta-Blocker Helps Prevent Shocks From Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Use of the medication amiodarone in combination with a beta-blocker is effective in preventing shocks that can occur from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, according to a study in the January 11 issue of JAMA.

The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) reduces death in patients at risk for sustained ventricular arrhythmia, primarily by delivering high voltage shocks that terminate potentially fatal ventricular arrhythmias, according to background information in the article.

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