Posts Tagged ‘QRS’

Thursday January 09th, 2014

Cardiac-resynchronization therapy is not useful in patients with systolic heart failure and a narrow QRS

A work published in New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates how Cardiac-resynchronization therapy does not reduce the rate of death or hospitalization for heart failure, and may increase mortality, in patients with systolic heart failure and a QRS duration of less than 130 msec. The study was led from the Clinic for Cardiology at the University Hospital of Zurich (Switzerland), with Dr. Josep Brugada, head of the IDIBAPS team Arrhythmias, Resynchronization and Cardiac Imaging and Medical Director at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and Dr. Lluis Mont, from the same team, among its authors. Its results should allow a better use of the resynchronization therapy avoiding its use in patients in whom it is not indicated and even in some cases preventing a possible harm to the patient.

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