The FDA announced that Medtronic was halting distribution of its Sprint Fidelis heart leads following reports of a fracture defect. A Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead is a thin wire that connects an implantable cardioverter-defibrilator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) to the heart. These devices are designed to provide an electrical shock or rapid pacing to restore normal heart rhythm when dangerous irregular heart rhythms are detected. Over 250,000 Sprint Fidelis leads have been implanted. The defective lead wires are prone to fracture, which can result in a patient receiving an unnecessary shock, repeated shocks or the device failing to function at all. If you have received a defibrillator, you may have a medical card that identifies the medical devices that you have had implanted. If you are unsure if you have received a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart lead, you should contact your physician.
Medtronic acknowledged that at least 13 deaths had resulted from Sprint Fidelis leads that failed as of March 2009. A subsequent report in the Wall Street Journal indicated that FDA data indicated that at least twelve additional people have died as a result of fractured Medtronic heart leads. A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology indicated that the scope of Sprint Fidelis lead fractures is increasing at an exponential rate. One report has suggested the failure rate could grow as high as thirty percent.
If you have a Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart lead or believe you may have such a lead, you should contact your physician. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a defective heart lead, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including medical costs, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering and other damages. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent clients that have been injured by the defective design of Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart leads. If you have suffered multiple shocks, heart palpitations, fainting or lightheadedness, you should contract Montlick and Associates for a free initial case evaluation.
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