Defective batteries are at the root of a recall issued by the FDA for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc. The recalled devices include the Fortify, Unify, and Quadra models of ICDs and CRT-Ds. The recall was issued after a defect was identified that could cause the lithium-ion batteries to short circuit and fail prematurely putting the patient’s life at risk.
Two deaths have been reported due to a defective battery that did not give the life-saving pacing or shocks necessary. Another 50 patients have reported dizziness and fainting due to defective batteries that failed to deliver the needed pacing therapy.
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