Medtronic’s Dangerous Heart Surgery Guidewires Are Recalled
Guidewires used in heart procedures have been classified as potentially deadly for patients and are the subject of a new recall by Medtronic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified the recently recalled guidewires that are used in heart surgery, as potentially fatal, reported Cleveland.com.
It’s just the latest surgical device to fail the safety test. Recently I reported on how Johnson & Johnson is reported to be poised to pay out $4 billion to patients who have been injured by faulty DePuy hip replacements.
Medtronic began the recall of two wire products – Interventional Wires and ATTAIN HYBRID wires – in October, after four patient complaints. On patient claimed an injury.
The FDA later implemented a recall meaning “there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
Cleveland.com reported on how the coating of the wires can detach and cause clots, that can result in strokes or heart attacks in patients.
The guidewires are “inserted into an artery to guide a catheter in percutaneous coronary interventions, which help open up blood flow with a stent or other device during a heart attack,” stated Cleveland.com.
In a statement, Medtronic said they also assist with the placement of left ventricular leads for cardiac rhythm devices.
If you have been injured by a dangerous surgical advice or a medication, you should call an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer at Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077.