Dr. Philip Liebson from the Rush University Medical Center moderated the topic "Status of ICDs for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Sudden Death" with Drs. Robert Hauser from the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Richard Trohman from the Rush University Medical Center participating.
The discussion focused primarily on:
(1) indications for ICDs,
(2) the role of supplementary antiarrhythmic agents,
(3) evaluation of prognosis,
(4) choice of ICD type,
(5) subsidiary roles of biventricular pacemakers,
(6) complications such as unnecessary shocks, device malfunction, manufacturer recalls, and possible proarrhythmias,