Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices and End-of-Life Care: An Australian Perspective

Nasser J. Alhammad, Mark O'Donnell, David O'Donnell, Justin A. Mariani, Paul A. Gould, Andrew D. McGavigan

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Cardiac implantable electronic devices (pacemakers and defibrillators) are increasingly common in modern cardiology practice, and health professionals from a variety of specialties will encounter patients with such devices on a frequent basis. This article will focus on the subset of patients who may request, or be appropriate for, device deactivation and discuss the issues surrounding end-of-life decisions, along with the ethical and legal implications of device deactivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-819
Number of pages6
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac electronic implantable devices
  • End-of-life
  • Implantable defibrillators
  • Pacemakers
  • Palliative care

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