If you (or a loved one) have a pacemaker, your life may be in danger...
The FDA released a safety alert for TWO DOZEN Medtronic pacemaker models and CRT-P devices.
The agency warns of “sudden failure because of premature battery depletion.”
In other words, roughly 132,000 pacemakers may fail without notice.
The warning includes the following:
- Azure models: W1DR01, W2DR01, W3DR01, W1SR01, W2SR01, W3SR01
- Astra models: X1DR01, X2DR01, X3DR01, X1SR01, X2SR01, X3SR01
- Percepta models: W1TR01, W1TR04, W4TR01, W4TR04
- Serena models: W1TR02, W1TR05, W4TR02, W4TR05
- Solara models: W1TR03, W1TR06, W4TR03, W4TR06
As of last month, the FDA received reports of three such Medtronic devices in which the battery “had fully drained because of a crack in the device’s capacitor, without any warning to the patient or healthcare provider.”
If your pacemaker is on the list, here’s what you can do…
First and foremost, call your doctor RIGHT NOW. If you’re not sure which pacemaker you have, you should also call your doctor.
Second, if you receive a low battery warning, don’t waste a minute!
This is one safety alert you do NOT want to sit on...
Remember, the reason for this alert is because batteries are not lasting as long as they should. Normally, if you receive a low-battery warning, you’d have another three months of function…
But the pacemakers listed above are at risk for battery draining at a LIGHTNING-QUICK SPEEDS.
The FDA states that the affected devices “would be unlikely to last that long.”
So treat it as a true medical emergency and go straight to the ER if that warning goes off!
Ultimately, your doctor may decide all you need is a higher level of monitoring and check-ups, just to be safe.
Or, for those folks who are at very high risk, removal and replacement might be necessary.
Now of course, for those of you who don’t have a pacemaker, this doesn’t apply directly to you...
However, you should reach out about this alert to anyone you know who does – even if you think they may have heard about it already.