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Patient Preferences for Deactivation of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators

James M. Beattie, MBChB, FRCP, FESC1; Terry N. Flynn, PhD2; Alexander M. Clark, RN, PhD3
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1Department of Cardiology, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England
2Centre for the Study of Choice, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(16):1556-1557. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8141.
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To the Editor The Research Letter on patient preferences for deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) provides useful data that may help avoid some device-related dilemmas increasingly encountered in clinical practice.1 Patients often intuitively accept the evidence-based offer of ICD therapy to avoid the specter of sudden death without fully appreciating the consequences of that decision.

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