Archive - Feb 26, 2018

Archive - Feb 26, 2018

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Cardiac Arrest Survival Greatly Increases When Bystanders Use an Automated External Defibrillator

Study Highlights:

Medtronic Recalls Certain CRT-Ds and ICDs Due to Manufacturing Error That Can Prevent Electrical Shock Delivery

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.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) are devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms, and electrical shock or pacing to stop dangerously fast heart rhythms. ICDs and CRT-Ds are both implanted under the skin in the upper chest area with connecting insulated wires called "leads" that go into the heart. Patients need an ICD or CRT-D if their heartbeat is too slow (bradycardia), too fast (tachycardia), or needs coordination to treat heart failure.

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