Friday, August 17, 2012

Health Alert: Recalled St. Jude Leads, Continued

The US Food and Drug Administration yesterday recommended that patients with heart defibrillators connected to Riata leads from St Jude Medical obtain an X-ray or some other diagnostic imaging to check for possible lead-insulation problems.

St Jude Medical recalled its Riata and Riata ST leads last December because premature erosion of their insulation causes malfunctions such as abnormal sensing or pacing, delivery of inappropriate shocks, or the failure to deliver a shock at all. Although the company stopped selling these leads in late 2010, some 79,000 still remained implanted in patients as of 2011, according to the FDA.

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