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Published:  April 23, 2012

Abstract by Head of Cardiology at St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage Accepted by Cardiostim

The abstract “Risk of Inappropriate Shocks” by Maged Amine MD, head of cardiology at St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage (SLHV), was accepted by The Scientific Committee for Cardiostim 2012, during its 18th World Congress.

This worldwide scientific Congress, held in Nice, France, focuses on cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac techniques draws more than 5,500 attendees, including the most distinguished experts in cardiology. Since the last congress in 2010, more than a thousand abstracts have been submitted, with only a select few accepted for the Cardiostim 2012 Congress.

Since beginning the study two years ago, approximately 1,200 patients from two centers in Houston and one in Philadelphia, were examined to determine whether recent technological advances in defibrillators affect the incidence of “false” shock therapies delivered to patients with a high risk of sudden death. The results of the study showed that, in spite of all the technical advancements made in the manufacturing of these expensive devices, approximately one-third of all shocks administered were “false” or inappropriate. The affect of these results is significant due to growing concerns that the shocks administered are not harmless and inappropriate shocks could prove to be harmful to the patient. It also supports the concern that despite all expensive technical advancements made to this product, the product has not become smarter or safer.

Dr. Amine’s findings will be presented for peer-review by world-renowned cardiologists in session #96 of Cardiostim this June to determine whether his publication will be published through Cardiostim. St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage is honored to have Dr. Amine as head of the department of cardiology and representing St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage.

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