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Is Biology Destiny or Can We Optimize Care for All Patients?

Pamela S. Douglas, MD; and Lesley H. Curtis, PhD
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From Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27715, and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC 27705.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-3038.

Requests for Single Reprints: Pamela S. Douglas, MD, Duke University Medical Center, 7022 North Pavilion, Box 17969, Durham, NC 27715; e-mail, pamela.douglas@duke.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Douglas: Duke University Medical Center, 7022 North Pavilion, Box 17969, Durham, NC 27715.

Dr. Curtis: Duke University Medical Center, 6046 North Pavilion, Box 17969, Durham, NC 27715

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(3):241-242. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-3-201202070-00015
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MacFadden and colleagues' study in this issue demonstrates similar ICD implantation rates among men and women after referral for electrophysiologic evaluation but higher rates of complications in women. The editorialists note that available research limits our ability to fully assess the value of ICDs in women and that a one-size-fits-all approach to ICDs may not be appropriate.

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