May 13, 2007 |
Apple Inc.'s iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to a study presented by a 17-year-old high school student at a meeting of heart specialists. The study tested the effect of the portable music devices on 100 patients, whose average age was 77, who were outfitted with pacemakers.
November 27, 2006 |
European scientists have successfully implanted a tiny pacemaker into several patients to control high blood pressure -- and report reductions that surpass what medicines have been able to do for these patients. "This has tremendous potential," said Dr. Frank Veith, a professor of surgery at New York University School of Medicine who runs the Veith Symposium, an annual scientific meeting at which the results were reported.
June 27, 2006 |
Boston Scientific Corp. on Monday recalled nearly 23,000 heart pacemakers and defibrillators that could fail because of an electrical flaw, and the company asked doctors to check 27,000 patients who had been implanted with potentially faulty devices. The announcement marked the second time Boston Scientific has warned about products of the former Guidant Corp. since the Natick, Mass.-based company bought Guidant in April for $27 billion. Shares of Boston Scientific fell $1.
January 24, 2006 |
Medical device maker Guidant Corp. on Monday expanded its pacemaker recall, saying seals in some models failed at a higher rate than originally reported and that thousands of other devices could have the same problem. The news came as Guidant waited to hear from Johnson & Johnson, which faces a deadline today to respond in its bidding war with Boston Scientific Corp. for the Indianapolis-based company.
November 30, 2005 |
Medtronic Inc., the world's biggest maker of electronic heart devices, said it was notifying doctors about a potential defect in certain Sigma series pacemakers after some patients said they felt dizzy or fainted. No deaths or injuries were reported, a spokesman for Minneapolis-based Medtronic said. About 28,000 pacemakers, including 6,650 in the U.S., are covered by the advisory.
September 23, 2005 |
Guidant Corp. issued recalls or safety advisories for almost 170,000 of its top-selling pacemakers Thursday after a two-week federal inspection of its cardiac unit. Since June, Indianapolis-based Guidant has recalled or issued warnings for about 88,000 implanted defibrillators -- including its leading seller, the Contak Renewal 3 -- and almost 200,000 pacemakers because of reported malfunctions.