Fatalities and failures prompt recall of cardiac defibrillators

September 2005
Consumer Reports;Sep2005, Vol. 70 Issue 9, p11
Reports that two deaths and dozens of product failures have led to a worldwide recall of tens of thousands of cardiac defibrillators designed by the Guidant Corp., which have been implanted in patients susceptible to dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. Review of how the devices are designed to deliver a potentially lifesaving electrical shock when hearth rhythms go awry; Description of the two defibrillator models involved in the recall.


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