Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Criteria for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Death

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The implantable cardioverter defibrillator is established as life-saving in specific adult populations. However, the precise indications and criteria for defibrillator implantation in children are less well defined. This article provides a succinct review of the indications and implantation criteria in pediatric populations at risk for sudden cardiac death, including specific disease substrates such as cardiomyopathies, inherited arrhythmias, and congenital heart disease.(PACE 2009; 32:S67–S70)

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