Implanted Defibrillators Show Benefit

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KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -- A growing number of people have a mini emergency room inside their chests.  They have implanted defibrillators that can shock the heart and prevent sudden death.

Researchers wanted to know if the expensive devices are as beneficial in real world use as they were in testing. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the two-year and three-year survival rates are similar to those in test patients.

FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with a man whose implanted defibrillator has saved his life many times.

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