Last updated on February 2018

Efficacy of Implantable Defibrillator Therapy After a Myocardial Infarction


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Myocardial Infarction | Sudden death | Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Age: Between 18 - 80 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Site investigators are responsible for screening. Subjects must meet all inclusion criteria. Subjects with any exclusion criteria will be excluded.

Initial inclusion criteria (eligibility for Holter screening).

  • 18 - 80 years old at time of consent
  • History of MI > / = 2 and < / = 60 months prior to screening based on ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF criteria (both STEMI and NSTEMI subjects are eligible)
  • Appropriate post-MI management including revascularization where indicated
  • No contra-indication for transvenous ICD placement (e.g., mechanical tricuspid valve, known vascular access problems, active sepsis, etc.)
  • LVEF 36% - 50% measured 2 to 60 months after a confirmed MI, > / = 3 months after coronary angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery and < / = 6 months of the screening visit
  • Proven, necessary or appropriate medications (e.g. beta-blocker, ACE inhibitor / ARB, statin, and anti-platelet)
  • In normal sinus rhythm (ECG documented) within the two weeks prior to the screening Holter
  • Written informed consent
  • Able and willing to complete the screening Holter, including the six-minute hall walk

Additional inclusion criterion (eligibility for randomization).

Abnormal HRT & TWA (core lab interpretation) on Holter performed 2 to 60 months after the index MI and the specified time after coronary revascularization

Exclusion criteria (randomization or registry).

  • Use of antiarrhythmic drugs
  • Clinical indication for permanent pacemaker or a cardiac resynchronization device
  • Clinical indication for an ICD or cardiac resynchronization ICD
  • Prior implantation of a pacemaker, ICD, or Cardiac Resynchronization device
  • Any condition, in the investigator's judgment, that would limit life expectancy to < 12 months
  • Chronic renal failure (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)
  • Active ischemia that is amenable to revascularization if not previously revascularized
  • Participation in another trial that may interfere with the REFINE ICD results.
  • Pregnancy
  • Inability to comply with the follow-up schedule

Recruitment Status: Open


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