Keeping wires straight
A cardiologists group called for closer monitoring of the performance of wire leads that connect implanted defibrillators and pacemakers to the heart in the wake of malfunctions that led to patient deaths and product recalls in 2007.
Dr. William Maisel, a BIDMC cardiologist, is co-chair of the Heart Rhythm Society's task force on lead performance. The organization represents doctors who treat cardiac arrhythmias.
Meeting in Boston today, Maisel says his task force is calling for greater visibility of data collected on product performance.
"The measurement and reporting of lead performance are important for clinical decision making, for setting realistic expectations for patients and physicians, for transparency, and for monitoring and improving performance."
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