Inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks in fractured Sprint Fidelis leads associated with ‘appropriate’ interrogation

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Abstract

We present two patients with fractures within the pace–sense circuit of their Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads who received inappropriate shocks from their Medtronic defibrillators during device interrogation. This was not simply a coincidence, but due to electromagnetic interference induced within the Sprint Fidelis lead by the device programmer during two-way communication with the defibrillator. Our subsequent investigations have uncovered at least two other similar incidents in Canada. We have also discovered that the Medtronic ‘Auto-resume’ feature may leave future patients uniquely vulnerable to such inappropriate shocks in the future.

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