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HEART PATIENT SUES OVER FAULTY MEDTRONIC DEFIBRILLATOR

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A man who claims he received 47 unneeded jolts from his implanted defibrillator is suing Medtronic Inc. over defective wires used in the defibrillator.

According to the Kansas City Star News report, “Medtronic Inc., maker of pacemakers and other heart devices, has acknowledged that wires connecting its implantable defibrillators to patient hearts break more often than it expected.” The suit claims that he experienced “frightening” episodes of unnecessary shocks. Removing the wires can cause scarring and create unnecessary complicated surgery.

It should also be noted that a spokesman for the defibrillator manufacturer, Medtronic Inc., did not have an immediate comment on the law suit.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Drugs, Medical Devices, and Implants.