Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

Posted On: Jan 23, 2022   |   Posted By: News Medical

About 12 percent of patients who receive implantable cardiac devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator and fill an opioid prescription after surgery will consistently use the pain medication in the months afterward, raising the potential for addiction following these common procedures and identifying another pathway that could contribute to the national opioid crisis, according to a new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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