JACC Clin Electrophysiol 2022 03 22;8(3):356-366. Epub 2021 Dec 22.
Department of Cardiology, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Prahran, Victoria, Australia; Department of Cardiology, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria, Australia; Department of Cardiology, Western Health, St Albans, Victoria, Australia; Department of Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. Electronic address:
Objectives: This study sought to define the feasibility and utility of postmortem cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) interrogation.
Background: The diagnostic yield of routine postmortem interrogation of CIEDs including pacemakers, defibrillators, and implantable loop recorders has not been established.
Methods: The study reviewed all CIED interrogations in deceased individuals undergoing medicolegal investigation of sudden or unexplained death by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine between 2005 and 2020. Read More