Guidant Recall - Guidant Pacemaker Defibrillator Recall: "Guidant Related Deaths
Heart disease continues as one of the biggest killers in the United States. Heart failure, also known as cardiac arrest, occurs when the heart stops pumping blood properly. This illness leads to 200,000 to 400,000 deaths per year.
The Guidant devices are designed to extend the lives of heart disease patients, but if a defibrillator is defective, it could have devastating effects, including patient death. When the Guidant devices are defective, either the irregularity of the heart rate is not detected or the proper electrical impulses for treatment are not delivered to the heart. If the proper therapy is not provided, the heart can cease proper functioning and the patient could perish or suffer serious injuries due to lack of proper blood flow.
It is Guidant's responsibility to maintain the highest quality standards for their pacemaker and defibrillator products and insure that if any quality issue arises, immediate steps are taken to protect the patients. Two deaths have been reported to date related to the Guidant defibrillator recall defect."