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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Defibrillator Lead Recall

If you have a family member or know someone who has a implanted defibrillator, you should read this post.

According to Wikipedia, Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a device called a defibrillator. Defibrillators can be external, transvenous, or implanted, depending on the type of device used.

The invention of implantable units are invaluable to some regular sufferers of heart problems, although they are generally only given to those people who have already had a cardiac episode. The system is implanted near the shoulder with one or more leads attached to the heart.

Medtronic Inc has voluntarily removed the Sprint Fidelis defective defibrillator leads
from the market. Below are the models that may be at risk of lead fracture.

Sprint Fidelis 6930
Sprint Fidelis 6931
Sprint Fidelis 6948
Sprint Fidelis 6949

The FDA has reported that some deaths and other serious injuries have occurred after these leads have fractured. Approximately 268,000 patients in the United States have been implanted with the Fidelis lead, including patients with defibrillators made by manufacturers other than Medtronic, such as Guidant, Boston Scientific and St. Jude.

Go HERE to learn more about this recall, your rights regarding a defibrillator lead lawsuit and to watch a video giving you more information..

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