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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.
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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.
NEWS
June 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Surgeons operated on former Indonesian President Suharto and implanted a cardiac pacemaker, a doctor said today. The 30-minute procedure was ordered a day after Suharto, 80, was admitted to Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital with low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. "He is stable. The operation was a success. But there could always be complications," said Miftah Suryadipraja, a doctor at the hospital. "He will stay in the hospital for two or three more days for observation."
BUSINESS
January 24, 2006 | From Associated Press
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.
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