Guidant heart defibrillators are medical devices that are implanted onto the heart. The Guidant heart defibrillator provides a small electric shock to the heart in order to maintain the heart’s proper beating.
Guidant recalled close to 50,000 heart defibrillators on June 17, 2005. Then, on June 24, 2005, Guidant recalled an additional 46,000 medical devices because they were also potentially defective.
The defect found in the Guidant heart defibrillators can cause a magnetic switch to get stuck in a position that can deplete the battery life more rapidly than expected, and interfere with the heart defibrillator’s ability to correct ventricular or atrial tachyarrhythmias.
Recalled Guidant Defibrillator Models
Although it is unclear how many patients have had the defective medical devices implanted, Guidant has recalled the following defective or potentially defective heart defibrillators:
- Ventak Prizm 2 DR (model 1861)
- Ventak Prizm AVT
- Contak Renewal (model H135)
- Contak Renewal 2 (model H155)
- Contak Renewal 3
- Contak Renewal 4
- Vitality AVT
- Renewal AVT
- Renewal 3 AVT
- Renewal 4 AVT
- Renewal RF
Guidant has also released warnings for numerous heart defibrillators. There have already been numerous Guidant heart defibrillator failures and even deaths associated with the defective heart defibrillators. If you have a Guidant heart defibrillator, you may be able to recover compensation for losses you have endured, including:
- Pain and Suffering
- Additional Medical Costs
- Past Medical Costs
- Permanent Disability
- Loss of Wages
- Loss of Employment
- Mental Anguish