There are two types of device infection: Pocket and Systemic
In either case, leads act as a highway to the heart and can spread into the bloodstream. Left untreated, infection can result in endocarditis and even death.
Multiple studies show patients are 2x more likely to die with a device infection compared to patients without infections.1,5
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