St. Jude Medical Recalls Heart Devices After 2 Deaths

Author: United News International

Saint Jude Medical will recall two of its heart defibrillators after two people with the devices die as a result of malfunctioning batteries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on Tuesday, Oct. 11, saying nearly 400,000 of Saint Jude's implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators contain rapidly depleting batteries. Normally, the devices warn users three months before the battery is expected to die with a vibration in the user's chest. But some devices have reportedly been alerting patients just weeks, or even days, before the battery runs out, a huge risk for those dependent on these pacemakers to keep their heart beating regularly.

Saint Jude Medical reports that the "vast majority" of its devices haven't experienced premature battery depletion, but advises patients with defibrillators manufactured before May 2015 to contact their doctor immediately after feeling a vibration from their device to ensure quick battery replacement. For NewsBeat Social, I'm Molly Riehl.

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