If it is broke, fix it

Most people don’t like needles, let alone a small camera inserted into their hearts.  But in the case of heart catheters, that long needle allows doctors to see inside a patient’s heart and diagnose, and even prevent, dangerous heart conditions.

Aim right here.

Boston Scientific, maker of the heart catheter called the iCross, has issued a recall.  During surgery, the tip of the catheter can break off and remain lodged in the heart.  This foreign body left inside can cause an embolism, heart attack, or even death.  You can learn more about the recall on the FDA‘s website – here.

What does this mean to you:

As our parents, grandparents and friends continue to age, we will become increasingly dependent on – and at the mercy of – medical devices such as the iCross and DePuy hip implants, that can and do fail.  For these reasons, it is important to know the make and model of any medical device used in case of future recall or problems.

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