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400,000 implanted heart devices recalled after battery failure causes two deaths
 

400,000 implanted heart devices recalled after battery failure causes two deaths

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The implanted heart devices by St. Jude Medical are being recalled after fast-depleting batteries prevented the devices from providing defibrillation, causing the deaths of two patients.
 
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22 Oct 2016 - General
 
The recall of 400,000 heart implant devices can never give the life to the poor heart patients who have died due to rapid battery depletion of these implant devices however it can save the lives of thousands of such patients who need to implant these devices. There must be a strict quality check of such devices before they become available in the market for implantation. If the batteries of cardioverter defibrillators run out, the devices cannot produce lifesaving pacing or shocks that result in...
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Due to premature battery depletion, there have been two deaths that have been associated with the loss of defibrillation therapy. The devices are lifesaving to many heart patients as they shock dangerously racing heartbeats back to their normal rhythm or treat heart failure. All the devices contain batteries that were meant to last for seven years or longer, until their batteries are depleted. They are designed to vibrate at regular intervals once power is diminished, a signal to patients that t...
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