If you or a loved one has an Implantable Defibrillator manufactured by St. Jude Medical, then you may be at risk.
Implantable defibrillators, or pacemakers, are small cardiac devices placed in the chest or abdomen of patients to assist them in maintaining their normal heart rhythm. Powered by batteries, these life-saving devices are specifically designed to provide extensive forewarning of battery problems or potential failure. However, some pacemaker models manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. can short circuit leaving patients with as little as just a few hours to seek the necessary medical treatment they need to avoid severe or even fatal health complications.
The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.
Date Recall Initiated: October 10, 2016
Approximately 400,000 pacemakers manufactured by St. Jude Medical Inc. before May of 2015 use a defective battery design that can leave them vulnerable to short-circuiting and can ultimately lead to premature battery failure in as little as 24 hours. If these batteries fail, the pacemakers will be unable to deliver life-saving pacing or shocks, which could result in serious medical complications or even patient death.
Symptoms of a short-circuited St. Jude Medical pacemaker battery may include:
- Loss of consciousness/fainting
- Chest pain
- Severe shortness of breath
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by one of these St. Jude Defibrillators, we want to help. Call us at 800-300-8300 or contact us online for a free consultation.