Do Implantable Defibrillators Still Save Lives?

In this presentation, Samir F. Saba, MD, presents improves to patient selection for ICD device therapy by understanding contraindications, impact of co-morbidities, and risks. And increase knowledge of the role of heart failure in this patient population.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify patient selection for ICD device therapy by understanding contraindications, impact of co-morbidities, and risks
  • Recognize knowledge of the role of heart failure in this patient population
  • Describe the data and literature in the differences in results from ICD therapy vs. guideline directed medical therapy for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death


Dr. Saba has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Abbott Inc.; Boston Scientific Inc.
  • Consultant: Medtronic Inc.; Boston Scientific Inc.; Sensydia

All presenters' disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 3/21/2022 | Last Modified On: 3/21/2022 | Expires: 3/21/2023


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