TY - CHAP A1 - K Michael A2 - B Mayosi A3 - J Morgan A4 - G Veldtman ED1 - Natalia Trayanova Y1 - 2011-09-26 PY - 2011 T1 - Expanding Applications of Defibrillators and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy to Include Adult Congenital Heart Disease N2 - The only known effective therapy for lethal disturbances in cardiac rhythm is de?brillation, the delivery of a strong electric shock to the heart. This technique constitutes the most important means for prevention of sudden cardiac death. The efficacy of defibrillation has led to an exponential growth in the number of patients receiving implantable devices. The objective of this book is to present contemporary views on the basic mechanisms by which the heart responds to an electric shock, as well as on the challenges and implications of clinical defibrillation. Basic science chapters elucidate questions such as lead configurations and the reasons by which a defibrillation shock fails. Chapters devoted to the challenges in the clinical procedure of defibrillation address issues related to inappropriate and unnecessary shocks, complications associated with the implantation of cardioverter/defibrillator devices, and the application of the therapy in pediatric patients and young adults. The book also examines the implications of defibrillation therapy, such as patient risk stratification, cardiac rehabilitation, and remote monitoring of patient with implantable devices. BT - Cardiac Defibrillation SP - Ch. 9 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/25161 DO - 10.5772/25161 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-05-08 ER -