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St Jude taken to court over ICD leads

This article was originally published in Clinica

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St Jude's much-maligned Riata implantable cardioverter- defibrillator (ICD) leads is subject to a nationwide class action suit field by its Canadian customers. The suit alleges that the Riata leads are defective and is seeking damages for all affected parties. A study by the Harvard Medical School published in 2007 reported a high dislodgement rate of the leads among patients at Massachusetts general hospital. If a lead becomes dislodged, the patient could receive unnecessary shocks to the heart or perforation of the heart, resulting in potentially life-threatening complications.

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