Anyone hear of something like this?
My dad had a device (pacemaker/defib.) implanted a few years ago and towards the end of July his device went off--not once, not twice, but almost twenty times. From what they can tell, the problem was with the leads and it "leaked" electricity causing the device to read the heart rate as 3x faster than it really was causing it to continuously go off. At the hospital they finally got it to stop by placing a giant magnet on his chest until they were able to get a St. Jude employee to come over and de-activate it.
He now has a new device (the incident completely drained the battery) but now it has caused our family to wonder if anyone has ever heard of anything like this, and/or if this kind of response seems to be on the inappropriate side (as in, overkill). My dad was lucky in that there was no damage done to his heart, but that was due to the workers in the ER.
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