Old wires from heart devices can lead to complications down the road
October 03, 2016 12:00
The wires powering removed patient pacemakers and defibrillators are sometimes left in place, and now a new study shows that that they can double the chances of both major and minor complications down the line.

“Device infection is a very serious, life-threatening condition with a 66 percent risk of death if left untreated,” said senior study author Dr. Oussama Wazni, from the Cleveland Clinic, in the online September issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

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