Published Online: November 14, 2011. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.466
Author Contributions: Dr Miller had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Miller and T. Y. Wang. Acquisition of data: Y. Wang and Buxton. Analysis and interpretation of data: Miller, Y. Wang, Curtis, Masoudi, Buxton, and T. Y. Wang. Drafting of the manuscript: Miller, Buxton, and T. Y. Wang. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Miller, Y. Wang, Curtis, Masoudi, Buxton, and T. Y. Wang. Statistical analysis: Y. Wang. Administrative, technical, and material support: Miller and Curtis. Study supervision: T. Y. Wang.
Financial Disclosure: Dr Curtis received salary support under contract with the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) and has stock ownership in Medtronic, an ICD manufacturer. Dr Masoudi is Medical Director of the NCDR; has current contracts with American College of Cardiology Foundation, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, American Heart Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society; had a previous contract with Axio research (blinded end point adjudication for study sponsored by Affymax); and served on the advisory board for Amgen (past, none for more than a year). Dr Buxton received fellowship support to the hospital from Medtronic and Boston Scientific; served as a consultant for GE Healthcare and Lantheus Medical Imaging; and received research support from Medtronic and GE Healthcare. None of these relationships are pertinent to the present study. Dr T. Y. Wang received research grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb/sanofi Partnership, Schering Plough, The Medicines Co, Heartscape, Canyon Pharmaceuticals, and Eli Lilly/Daiichi Sankyo Alliance and was a previous consultant for Medco and Astra Zeneca.
Funding/Support: The ICD Registry is an initiative of the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the Heart Rhythm Society. This research was supported by the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this manuscript represent those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NCDR or its associated professional societies identified at http://www.ncdr.com/webncdr/common/.