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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead Lawsuit Claims Center Opens to Aid Victims
Date:10/24/2007

se devices that include this defibrillation ability, and those are among the machines 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. Such defects were discussed in an article written by doctors at The Minneapolis Heart Institute, one of the premier heart institutes 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 found 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 fracture within 30 months of having a defibrillator implanted.

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 itself replaced.

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