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NEWS
September 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was "resting comfortably and in good spirits" Saturday after surgery to implant a pacemaker, a spokesman for the National Naval Medical Center said. "The pacemaker is functioning as expected," hospital spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Clyde said in a written statement announcing the surgery. The device was implanted Friday afternoon "to treat an abnormally slow heart rate," Clyde said.
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NEWS
July 2, 2001 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vice President Dick Cheney prepared to return to work today after spending Sunday recovering from the implantation of a sophisticated pacemaker to monitor and regulate his heart rhythms. Cheney, 60, spent a quiet Sunday at the vice presidential residence, doing paperwork and reading, his aides said. Doctors implanted a combination pacemaker and defibrillator in Cheney's chest Saturday during an hourlong procedure at George Washington University Medical Center.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1993 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the pacemaker business, there are two main providers to the U.S. market: industry leader Medtronic Inc. in Minneapolis, followed by Siemens Pacesetter Inc. in Sylmar. Together, they supply roughly 70% of the conventional pacemakers that bolster otherwise slow heartbeats. Now Medtronic is getting lots of attention for its new device that does something different--it calms fast heartbeats.
NEWS
March 18, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Skippy, a 7-year-old red kangaroo from the San Francisco Zoo that received a pacemaker during a first-of-its-kind operation earlier this month, has died. Zoo officials said the animal died Wednesday at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, where she had been transferred after the March 5 surgery. A team of cardiologists led by Dr. John Langbert of the UC San Francisco Medical School performed the operation.
NEWS
September 20, 1989 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Doctors treating Mother Teresa described her condition Tuesday as "serious but not critical," adding that the 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is likely to remain in the hospital for "a minimum of four to six weeks." The fever that posed an imminent threat to Mother Teresa's life last week has finally gone, the doctors said, but her heart remains erratic and the internationally acclaimed Roman Catholic nun continues to have chest pains. "It's an old heart," declared Dr.
NEWS
March 19, 1993 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense Secretary Les Aspin received a pacemaker implant Thursday to prevent further deterioration of his heart. His physicians declared the operation a success and said he probably would be back at work early next week. The relatively simple 90-minute procedure was performed using a local anesthetic and a mild sedative. Aspin, 54, was fully conscious as the silver-dollar-sized device was implanted just below his collarbone, with twin wires leading to his heart.
NEWS
October 24, 1992 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government warned Friday that faulty parts on some types of cardiac pacemakers could cause the devices to fail and urged doctors to closely monitor patients who have the implants. Troublesome "leads" on some of the pacemakers in question have lead to a failure rate of up to 8% from three to seven years after implantation, according to a report prepared by the General Accounting Office and released by Rep. Henry A.
HEALTH
January 10, 2005 | From Reuters
Pricey pacemakers that regulate the heart's upper and lower chambers separately may be worth the extra cost because they help keep patients out of the hospital. The fancier dual-chamber models cost about $3,000 more than single-chamber devices and do not help patients live any longer on average, but do save money over time, a government-funded study has found.
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