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Defective heart valves, pacemakers, and defibrillators propose new risks to weak heart patients

Millions of men and women have heart devices implanted to save them from heart attack not increase their risks of heart attack

New York City, New York - In the last few years, the technology of heart devices has advanced but many recalled devices are being surgically removed after the discovery of fatal defects. Patients with heart defects or disorders of the aortic or mitral valve may need a mechanical heart valve. Mechanical heart valves simulate real heart valves to maintain the proper flow of blood into and out of the heart. These patients must take anticoagulation medicine, like Warfarin (coumadin) to prevent deadly blood clots.

Years after their removal from the market, St. Jude's Silzone and Bjork Shiley's Convexo-Concave heart valves are still causing serious problems in patients. To support patients with St. Jude or Bjork Shiley heart valves or other recalled heart devices, accepts consumer complaints at: Bjork Shiley Heart Valves or Silzone Mechanical Heart Valves

The St. Jude Silzone Heart Valve was implanted into patients from 1997 to 2000 and was recalled due to leaking and device failure linked to serious fatal risks. One study showed that Silzone heart valves increased a patient's risk of thrombosis/blood clot, embolism, and stroke.

Bjork Shiley distributed their Convexo-Concave (BSCC) heart valves from 1979 to 1986 but over 86,000 defective valves are still implanted in patients worldwide. These valves have remained in thousands of patients due to fatal risks associated with the surgical removal process. These valves have been linked to hundreds of deaths when the defective valve fractured and weaken the device.

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