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In contrast with current recommendations, many patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may participate safely in a number of vigorous sports, according to study findings.
The American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology have consensus recommendations that those with ICDs should not participate in contact or vigorous sports; however, the frequency of adverse events that might occur had not been investigated. A group of investigators that included Rachel Lampert, MD, associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, found that the recommendations may be based on faulty assumptions.
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