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Wearable Cardioverter‐Defibrillator in a Patient with Left Ventricular Noncompaction/Hypertrabeculation, Coronary Artery Disease, and Polyneuropathy

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A 55‐year‐old Caucasian male with coronary heart disease was admitted because of dyspnea for 4 weeks. Echocardiography showed a dilated left ventricle with an ejection fraction of 34% and apical left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction with an apical thrombus. Neurologic examination revealed positional tremor and generally reduced tendon reflexes. During 8 weeks, his condition improved under pharmacotherapy. The patient was skeptical about implantable cardioverter‐defibrillator (ICD) and expected further improvement from pharmacotherapy. Thus, he received a wearable cardioverter‐defibrillator (WCD). We conclude that a WCD might be useful in noncompaction patients in whom improvement of systolic dysfunction is expected or who are skeptical about ICDs.
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Keywords: cardiomyopathy; heart failure; implantable cardioverter‐defibrillator; sudden cardiac death

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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