Do you have a defibrillator (ICD)? New FDA warning suggests some should be checked.

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-08-28 22:20:32 -0500
Started 2012-08-16 22:19:06 -0500

Just got some breaking news abiout Riata ICDs. The FDA advises that if you have this type of defibrillator you should have it checked by your doc for faulty insulation. Here is an article on the subject.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/747...

The whole area of ICDs is a fascinationg subject. ANy members here have ICDs with an experience - positive or negative - to share. Anyone know if they have the Riata model?

HH


4 replies

cpa3485
cpa3485 2012-08-28 08:32:44 -0500 Report

Hey HH, How you been? Doing pretty good here, just been busy. And sometimes I can make a post here and just restate the obvious. The scary thing about ICD's for me is the integrity of the leads themselves. They eventually grow into and become part of the heart muscles and that's why they are so hard to remove. I hear that sometimes if one goes bad, they will many times just install a new one and leave the old one in there. They have told me that they expect my leads to last well beyond my lifetime. I sure hope so. I think it's there for good. The ICD itself can be swapped in and out like a car part.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-28 22:20:32 -0500 Report

cpa,

It's funny, I work with a cardiologist on another venture and he says installing ICDs are the cardiological equivalent of doing an appendectomy - really easy and rarely with any complication. I guess everything is easy once you know the trick - just like fixing cars, lol!

Don't sell yourself short but also feel free to restate the obvious anytime. What many community members who are too shy to post do not realize is how intensely powerful it is to revalidate what is already in print - no many how many people do it and how often - so feel free to simply copy and paste if it reflects your beliefs and experience!

HH

cpa3485
cpa3485 2012-08-26 22:39:31 -0500 Report

As I understand it, the St Jude ICD's are fine, but some of the St Jude Riata leads have shown problems. The percentage of leads with problems is not huge, but big enough to be of concern and there have been at least a few instances of misfirings of the ICD's as a result. It is potentially a dangerous situation for some people. People with a concern should be able to call their doctors or St Jude and get more information.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-27 22:40:00 -0500 Report

cpa:

Hey, good to hear from you again! How have you been? Thanks for chiming in on this issue. You hit the nail on the head!

HH