Originally Posted by westofyou
I'll let him know, the day he got cut I happened to be in Moab, he was the guy that got me into biking, I called him from on top of this mountain that he loves, knowing full well he'll probably never ride up it again. In fact the hardware he has in his chest is the same as that kid had who died in Moab last fall, it essentially got recalled and he has to ponder getting cut to find out if his is defective.
The unit is used to shock his heart into regular mode when it occasionally races. His family heart history is bad, this was just a 1 in a million shot on top of that.
Sounds like a Medtronic brand ICD. They are in some pretty hot water now within the electrocadiac professional community because of their quality control. There are even talks of a widescale class-action suit due to prior knowledge of the shortcomings of their pacing devices.
Tell your friend that whichever surgeon implanted his device should have the paperwork--and more importantly--the serial number of his ICD. That should save him from having to have an invasive procedure done just to determine whether or not his device is being recalled.
There is another message board that has been invaluable to me over the last few years that your friend may or may not be familiar with. There is quite a bit of information on there about the latest regarding ICDs.
The site link is: