I had a Guidant Insignia 1290 implanted in January of 2006. (This is NOT a recalled model at this time.) I have previously wrtten here about subsequent problems that began the moment I woke up from surgery and was experiencing constant shocking from the pacemaker, and how my EP who implanted it refused to even acknowledge that this condition existed.
This misery continued for several months until I found a new Electrophysiologist who took seriously my complaints of constant "shocking," and took action, identified the problem, and was able to fine-tune the pacemaker to a point that has made it at least tolerable and livable.
But now a serious new problem, and I'm going in the hospital for an angiogram tomorrow. This angiogram, as well as an echocardiogram and a 2-day stress test that I had last week might not have all been necessary if my pacemaker was doing its secondary job of proper data collection.
When I saw my EP and my cardiologist three weeks ago after experiencing sudden tachycardia and atrial fibrillation that persisted with weakness, and was confirmed with a echocardiogram, they assumed that the event would have been recorded in my pm's memory. By downloading the data, it would have indicated exactly when and what happened to my heart, and that this info would help lead to the course of treatment.
This is a secondary benefit of having a pacemaker, in that the newer models have the memory capacity to record cardiac events over several months. But when my EP proceded to download my data this time, only the past three days had been accurately recorded, and all previous data had been overwritten.
He immediately got on the phone with the Guidant rep (while I'm still in the exam room with the wand on my chest) and inquired if there was any way of retrieving this lost data. He was told, "No, it's gone."
My cardiologist feels I definitely have a legal case with Guidant, as it has always given several months of time-dated info and in this case, this info was critical, and might have saved me the need to pursue all this testing.
Your thoughts would be very helpful.