Long-term clinical outcomes in implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients on the island of Crete
Purpose: The aim of the current study is to disseminate long-term “real-world” data on mortality and device therapies in primary and secondary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) recipients on the island of Crete. Methods: We analyzed data for all consecutive patients who received an ICD in our tertiary university hospital from 1993 until December 2013. Follow-up visits were performed every 6 months or more frequently when indicated. Survival status was recorded, and all stored episodes during interrogation were registered and classified as appropriate or inappropriate.