- The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) in its safety communication has alerted healthcare providers and patients about the batteries in certain Medtronic implantable pacemakers.
- It said that pacemakers or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers(CRT-Ps) which can drain faster than expected without any warning could lead to devices losing power quickly and triggering a medical emergency.
- Pacemakers are battery-powered devices that provide pacing for slow heart rhythms and heart failure.If a capacitor which is one of the electronic components of these devices is cracked it may lose functionality and create an electrical short which can cause rapid battery depletion.
- However,US FDA has not recommend preventive removal and replacement of affected devices.But it has cautioned the patients and professionals to carefully monitor battery status using home monitoring systems.
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