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Patient Selection for Permanent Cardiac Pacing.

Lockhart B. McGuire, M.D. (Associate); J. H. Hollingsworth, M.D.; and Julian R. Beckwith, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1159-1160. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1159_2
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In 1963 to 1964 selection of patients for permanent cardiac pacing generally required not only the existence of complete atrioventricular (AV) block but also of recurrent syncope or equivalent symptoms due to block after a trial of drug therapy. The reliability of that selection policy has been assessed by reviewing the status of 25 patients in whom pacemakers were not inserted after initial evaluation because symptoms were judged at that time insufficient to justify the procedure. This group has been compared with a simultaneous group of 33 patients in whom pacemakers were inserted and who have been followed for more

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