Pacemakers are an implantable form of a defibrillator. These small cardiac devices are surgically implanted to help patients with heart disease maintain normal heart rhythm.
Powered by internal batteries, pacemakers are designed to provide ample warning of an impending battery failure.
St. Jude Pacemakers
Some devices manufactured by St. Jude have been reported to short circuit—leaving patients little time to seek treatment or to face life-threatening health complications. This fault led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall St. Jude pacemakers manufactured before May 2015.
FDA Recall Issued for St. Jude Pacemakers
The following devices manufactured by St. Jude before May 2015 have been recalled by the FDA:
- Fortify VR/ST VR
- Fortify Assura VR/ST VR
- Fortify DR/ST DR
- Fortify Assura DR/ST DR
- Unify, Unify Quadra/Assura
- Quadra Assura/Assura MP
Pacemaker Battery Failure
While pacemakers provide warnings three months ahead of a battery failure, a faulty battery design may leave nearly 400,000 St. Jude pacemakers prone to battery failure in as little as 24 hours.
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