Medtronic Heart Device Puts Patients at Risk

Medtronic recently announced that it was recalling about 15,000 of its guidewires – a heart device that is inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices (such as stents) into place and hold open blocked arteries – after the company received reports of four complaints, including one patient who went into cardiac arrest and was subsequently resuscitated. According to the recall notice, the coating on the guidewires could break off, which could increase the likelihood of blocking a blood vessel.

Federal health officials are warning patients and consumers that defects in the Medtronic heart devices are significant enough that they could cause serious injury or death. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified the recall as a Class I, which means that the agency believes that there is a “reasonable probability that use of, or exposure to, the guidewires will cause serious adverse health consequences, or death.”

The recalled guidewires include the following product lines:

  • Cougar nitinol workhorse guidewire
  • Cougar steerable guidewire
  • Zinger stainless steel workhorse guidewire
  • Zinger steerable guidewire
  • Thunder extra-support guidewire
  • Thunder steerable guidewire
  • ProVia crossing guidewire
  • Attain Hybrid guide wire

Problems with the guidewires can be reported to Medtronic by calling 877-526-7890 during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT and adverse reactions or quality problems can be reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) here.

Earlier this year, Medtronic recalled 37 models of its Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets, warning that if insulin or other ­fluids come into contact with the inside of the device’s tubing connectors, the vents that allow the pump to prime could become temporarily blocked, which could result in the patient receiving too little or too much insulin. Like the guidewire recall, the insulin pump recall was also a Class I recall.

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