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Discovering that you and or someone you love may have a faulty Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator is one of the most frightening experiences imaginable. Tens of thousands of people each day depend on these machines to keep them alive should they develop an arrhythmia. Even though ICDs are some of the most reliable machines ever created, unfortunately sometimes mechanical or technical error prevents them from functioning properly.
Such is the case with several Guidant brand ICDs. Faulty wiring and programming have caused 45 malfunctions and three deaths, and the up to 50,000 people worldwide who rely on these ICDs must now live in constant terror that their lifesaving devices may fail them when they need them the most. Guidant waited three years before notifying doctors about potential risks of these poorly manufactured models, hoping that future redesigns would correct the errors.
If you or someone you know has a Guidant made defibrillator, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Bad wiring can cause a short circuit in some models, rendering them useless, while others had programming errors that fail to recognize arrhythmias. In either case, people with Guidant ICDs must get to an emergency room immediately, for taking chances with your heart is serious gamble. You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to your family. Contact your doctor right away.
Additional information about this issue is available for patients and their families at any time of day at 1-866-GUIDANT (1-866-484-3268).