January 23, 2019

Medtronic recalls nearly 157,000 dual-chamber pacemakers

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Medtronic published an urgent recall on January 7 for a subset of its dual-chamber pacemakers because some may temporarily lose their ability to pace the heart.

The recall affects 156,957 devices distributed worldwide between March 10, 2017, and January 7, 2019, under the brand names Adapta, Versa, and Sensia.

So far, temporary pauses in pacing have been reported in four cases, involving two patients. The root cause of the problem is related to a design change. Medtronic is developing a software update that can be installed into affected devices to correct the issue.


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