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Problems with defibrillators


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  • Problems with defibrillators

    There's an article in today's times about problems with certain Guidant defibrillators that resulted in the death of a young man with HCM... http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/24/business/24heart.html. It also mentions the problem with some Medtronic models and battery life. I wonder if anyone else has a St. Jude's ICD and if there are any known problems with any of their models. Also, how would one find out if there were a problem with their ICD, do they contact you or is there some resource online to look at?

  • #2
    my son has a ST. Jude ICD and he hasn't had any problems yet and as far as finding out anything try looking on your card there should be a 800# for you to call and also go to their website good luck

    Diagnosed 2003
    Myectomy 2-23-2004
    Husband: Ken
    Son: John diagnosed 2004
    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


    • #3
      I can't get to this URL (or whatever you call it). Am interested because I have a so-far-faultless Guidant.



      • #4
        Lisa posted the whole story in a thread http://forum.4hcm.org/viewtopic.php?...ghlight=guidan

        the story lists the model number for the Guidant and maybe the Medtronic, too.

        you can always call your ICD manufacturer with questions.

        The story points out that the manu's don't always release info. Your best protection is regular device checkups.


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