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Effectiveness of pacemaker/defibrillators to control AFib

Widespread use of pacemaker/defibrillators to control atrial fibrillation could result in a 50% decrease in stroke.

Shekelle P, Ortiz E, Newberry S, Rich M, et al. Identifying Potential Health Care Innovations for the Elderly of the Future: Health and costs of the future elderly. Health Aff. 2005; 24(2). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16186152

Reference

Title
Identifying Potential Health Care Innovations for the Elderly of the Future: Health and costs of the future elderly
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Shekelle P, Ortiz E, Newberry S, Rich M, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 24, Issue 2
URL
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  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Future Value

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