VPs ICD unreliable?
On November 26, vice president Dick Cheney’s long-worrisome heart received more treatment. This time, the veep’s heart was shocked to correct arrhythmia. Mr. Cheney’s atrial fibrillation was detected during an examination for a lingering cough from a cold. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), suffered by almost 3 million Americans. It is not considered to be life-threatening, and often the heart returns to its normal rhythm without treatment.
It is rather telling that, although Dick Cheney received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) on June 30, 2001, and had the power supply changed in late July, he seems now to be getting externally-applied shock treatments to keep his heart in rhythm. Does this mean that the VP’s ICD is not working? Or has it been disconnected over fears that defective leads may cause him to suffer painfully debilitating shocks at an inopportune time? At this point, information is not readily available.
ICD’s were once considered the peak of preventive medical technology. The fact that they were used to protect the life of our vice president was widely touted. Now, however, it seems that product defects have reduced that confidence dramatically. If you or someone you love has become a victim of this broken promise of modern medicine, contact PersonalInjury.com today to get in touch with a local lawyer who will make sure your heart is not broken as well.