If you or someone you know has received a Medtronic defibrillator since 2004, you need to be aware of faulty electrical lead wires (electrodes). These wires connect the heart to the heart defibrillator device. The wires are prone to fracture and can cause device malfunctions. The device can then unnecessarily shock or provide electrical jolt to the heart, or the heart device could fail to provide a life-saving defibrillation to the patient.
The Sprint Fidelis model leads (Sprint Fidelis Models 6930, 6931, 6948, and 6949) have been used by Medtronic since 2004. Over 250,000 patients have these leads and there is a significant failure rate. Medtronic, the nation’s largest maker of implanted heart devices, has advised all patients who received the lead to immediately see or contact their doctors for corrective actions, monitoring, or advice.