It sounds like the plot of a summer movie thriller: A tech glitch from out of the blue that puts more than 100,000 Americans with pacemakers at immediate risk.
One minute, they’re fine. They’re out enjoying some absolutely beautiful weather, completely unaware of what’s about to happen.
Then, within minutes, they’re dead.
And according to an urgent new warning straight from the federal government…
It could happen to ANY of them – and at ANY time!
The FDA just issued a bulletin over faulty pacemakers covering 132,000 patients throughout the country.
That’s nearly 1 in 10 of all patients with pacemakers.
And today, I’m going to reveal how to find out if you’re among those affected – and the URGENT STEPS you need to take that could save your life…
Is my pacemaker affected?
The FDA says 24 different pacemakers made by Medtronichave a problem with the capacitor and/or battery, leading to damage that causes to battery to suddenly and quickly drain without warning.
In at least one case, the battery drained so completely that doctors couldn’t even check it via transmitter.
This problem has been blamed for at least one death so far, while another patient managed to get to a hospital in time to have it replaced via an emergency procedure.
The FDA warning covers:
- Azure models: W1DR01, W2DR01, W3DR01, W1SR01, W2SR01, W3SR01
- Astra models: X1DR01, X2DR01, X3DR01, X1SR01, X2SR01, X3SR01
- Percepta models: W1TR01, W1TR04, W4TR01, W4TR04
- Serena models: W1TR02, W1TR05, W4TR02, W4TR05
- Solara models: W1TR03, W1TR06, W4TR03, W4TR06
If you’re not sure which one you have, call your doctors ASAP (they might even be calling you in the coming days).
Obviously, you can’t just yank out a pacemaker and replace it like a car battery.
But docs know roughly where the battery level should be. There’s a range they look for, based on a period of time. They also know, based on the power levels, how much longer the pacemaker should last.
But in this situation, all bets are off because there are two OTHER things you and your doctor need to look for:
- If the battery is wearing down faster than expected… even a little faster than expected… you may need to look into it. You might need a replacement even if it’s within the “normal” range, as a quicker drain is one of the few warning signs.
- Pacemaker batteries send out an alert when they have three months left. In this case, however, that three-month warning could be the sign that it’s draining. You don’t have three months.
If you get that alert, don’t just call your doctor. Get to the ER – and get there as fast as you can.