I was due to have an ICD installed in March when the hospital stopped taking elective procedures because of COVID-19. I was rescheduled for June 8th. I postponed this procedure because I had some questions about the ICD model my doctor selected; the St. Jude Medical 2-wire.
During my research on ICDs, I came across a battery reliability study on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health's website; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. This study is dated Oct/Dec 2016. This information along with the articles I found concerning faulty leads recalled by the FDA in 2014 (?) on St. Jude Medical devices was the basis for me to postpone my June 8th procedure date.
I can't find any current reports or studies on the reliability of the various manufacturer's many different models. I am skeptical of my doctor's selection at the moment because I am unsure of his decision process and if it has any monetary rebates from a manufacturer or its rep.
How can I educate myself to make an informed decision?
My neighbor's doctor chose the Boston Scientific model. Is the Boston Scientific model a better unit? Its batteries are rated as the best in the NIH study from 2016. I don't enjoy the idea of being cut open every 3 years for a battery change on a St. Jude model when I can go 6 years with a Boston Scientific.
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