FDA warns doctors to stop using heart pump tied to deaths


PHOTO: Medtronic Operational Headquarters, Photo Date: October 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are warning surgeons to stop implanting a heart pump recently tied to cases of stroke and more than a dozen deaths.

Medical device manufacturer Medtronic said Thursday it would stop selling its Heartware device, due to a power failure problem that could cause it to suddenly stop working.

About 4,000 people currently have the device. Physicians will decide whether to remove a device, based on their patients health and the potential risks of surgery.

The Medtronic device was for people with heart failure, many who are awaiting a transplant.

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