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Are the current guidelines for performing sports with an ICD too restrictive?

March 2016 Br J Cardiol 2016;23:16–20 doi:10.5837/bjc.2016.008

Are the current guidelines for performing sports with an ICD too restrictive?

Theresia A M Backhuijs, Hilde Joosten, Pieter Zanen, Hendrik M Nathoe, Mathias Meine, Pieter A Doevendans, Frank J G Backx, Rienk Rienks

Abstract

Introduction An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used for primary and secondary prophylaxis in the treatment of life-threatening arrhythmia. Guidelines for ICD patients, originally published in 2005, advise against any competitive sports more vigorous than ‘Class IA’ activities such as bowling or golf.1 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA)/European Society of Cardiology (ESC) embraced this advice stating “for legal and ethical reasons athletes receiving cardiovascular drugs and devices such as pacemakers and ICDs are generally not allowed to participate in high-grade competition.”2 For

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March 2010 Br J Cardiol 2010;17:69-70

The British Society for Heart Failure 12th Annual Autumn Meeting

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Optimising care UK hospitals should set up acute heart failure units to help raise standards of care, according to Professor Henry Dargie (Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow). Presenting the inaugural Philip Poole-Wilson memorial lecture (see box), Professor Dargie said that there have been great improvements in heart failure treatment, with effective drugs, devices and interventions, plus a multidisciplinary team approach. In addition, clinical trials have shown a 50% absolute reduction in heart failure mortality with modern treatments, proving what can be achieved with specialist care. But trial results are not being reproduced in c

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