Researchers track infections related to implantable heart devices

09/13/2011 | HealthDay News

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine tracked 200,000 people who received cardiovascular electronic implantable devices or had one fixed in 2007 and found 5,817 of the patients were hospitalized with an infection. Researchers said that infections related to the devices were associated with an increased risk of mortality as well as higher health care costs. The findings suggest that benefits of the devices should be weighed against their potential health risks, the study said.

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