Medtronic Issues Warning that Pacemakers Could Be Defective

Medtronic, a company that produces pacemakers and other medical devices, has warned doctors around the country that almost 40,000 pacemakers could be defective. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million have been implanted in patients since 1997, but a wiring defect could cause as many as 37,000 of the devices to malfunction.

According to the Associated Press, Medtronic says it has received two reports of patient deaths where the pacemakers may have played a role. They also added that physicians should consider removing a pacemaker if their patient depends on the device for daily survival. Patients should call their doctor immediately if they experience symptoms, including fainting or lightheadedness.

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