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Medtronic Issues Advisory for Some Concerto, Virtuoso Defibrillators

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The batteries on some  Concerto CRT-D and Virtuoso implantable defibrillators may deplete prematurely, according to an advisory issued by Medtronic, Inc.

Patients can determine if their device is included in this advisory by visiting http://CVSNList.medtronic.com.  Patients will need the serial number of their device, which is available on their Medtronic patient identification card.

The  Concerto and Virtuoso devices in the affected subset were manufactured primarily in 2006 and can be traced to a specific subset of low voltage capacitors, Medtronic said.  So far, there have been no related confirmed failures in Concerto and Virtuoso devices outside of this subset, including devices that were manufactured during the same time, the letter said.

According to a letter sent to physicians, the devices affected by this advisory will give a 90-day advanced warning if the batteries are nearing depletion. Medtronic maintains that the battery issue  does not compromise device functionality or affect therapy delivery.  The company said it has received no reports of death or injury attributed to this issue.

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