Bad Wire in Heart Device Led to 22 Deaths, Study Says

A defect in wires that connect hearts to defibrillators caused at least 22 deaths, possibly as a result of a short circuit that is difficult to detect during routine monitoring, according to a study in the journal Heart Rhythm. The manufacturer of the wires, St. Jude Medical, estimated that about 79,000 patients in the United States and about 49,000 patients elsewhere have had the wires implanted.

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