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Another Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Lawsuit is Filed in Federal District Court
Date:11/5/2007

ent is used in cardiac defibrillators -- or complex devices with defibrillation capacity -- and not in conventional pacemakers. Some patients with congestive heart failure use devices that include this defibrillation ability, and those are among the devices that use the Sprint Fidelis Lead.

Medtronic's Sprint Fidelis Leads have been shown to have a continuing fracture problem. This defect can cause the defibrillators to deliver a massive and painful electrical shock, or it can cause the device to fail to administer a lifesaving shock when necessary. These defects were highlighted in an article written by doctors at The Minneapolis Heart Institute, one of the premier cardiac institutions in the world. The researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute compared data regarding lead failures in both the Sprint Fidelis models and Medtronic's earlier Sprint Quattro models. The study concluded that the thinner Sprint Fidelis Lead had a higher chance of fracturing than the Sprint Quattro. According to Medtronic's own estimate, approximately 2.3%, or 4,000 to 5,000 people with a Sprint Fidelis Lead will experience a lead fracture within 30 months of implantation.

When a Sprint Fidelis Lead fractures, a patient must undergo a surgical procedure that can tear and scar the heart tissue and veins through which the

Sprint Fidelis Lead wire runs. The surgery to replace a defibrillator lead wire is far riskier than having the device which it is attached to replaced.

If you or a loved one received a Sprint Fidelis Lead as part of your implantable defibrillator, please contact the Parker Waichman Alonso LLP claims center by visiting http://www.medtronicdefectlawsuit.com or by calling 1-800- LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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