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Medtronic Recalls Implanted Heart Devices after Reports of Battery Issues, Injuries

By Burg Simpson
April 15, 2021
2 min read

Medtronic is recalling several models of its Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy devices (CRT-Ds) in response to unexpected and rapid decreases in battery life. According to the FDA announcement, Medtronic learned of at least 444 complaints and 18 reports of injuries associated with the devices. Reported injuries include heart rhythm disturbances and heart failure symptoms. The models subject to the recall include the Evera, Viva, Brava, Claria, Amplia, Compia, and Visia.

The recalled ICDs and CRT-Ds are devices implanted under the chests of patients suffering from heart rhythm disturbances. These patients require heartbeat coordination to treat heart failure, fast heartbeat (tachycardia), or slow heartbeat (bradycardia). The implanted devices are intended to monitor the heart’s activity and provide pacing for slow or fast heartbeats. If the heart beats dangerously fast, the devices are designed to provide an electrical shock to prevent cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, the devices have been found to present an increased risk of short circuiting, which could lead to an unexpected and rapid decrease in battery life. If the user does not respond to a low battery warning, the device may stop working completely. This could lead to cardiac arrest. If cardiac arrest goes untreated, a patient could suffer serious injuries or death.

What to Do If You Have Been Impacted by the Recall

Based on current reporting, the recall affects 239,171 Medtronic devices. The devices were distributed between August 2012 and May 2018.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death you suspect were caused by a recalled Medtronic ICD or CRT-D, contact one of our Cincinnati medical device attorneys today. Burg Simpson’s experienced team of lawyers is prepared to seek compensation for your injuries, even if it means taking on the largest manufacturers in the world. Call 513-852-5600, or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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