As mentioned in the article, it appears that the electrical wire is the subject of the recall, so if any of these are in stock or if you are patient with one of the devices, they recommend getting it checked asap.  The device in question is the HeartMate II pump.  BD 

(AP) -- A medical device company has ordered the recall of certain batches of a small mechanical heart pump, saying five people imagehave died while using the device.

Thoratec Corp. urged patients to have their implants checked after confirming 27 reports of cases in which wear and fatigue to an electrical wire required the devices to be replaced, the company said in a statement Friday. 

The recall affects devices with catalog numbers 1355 and 102139, which have been distributed to 153 hospitals and distributors throughout the United States and other countries since the beginning of clinical studies in November 2003.

Heart device maker recalls implant


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