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After reports of five deaths, Medronic, Inc., has pulled defibrillator wires of the market. These wires connect defibrillators to the heart. Medronic suspended sales of these wires because the wires can fracture. Fractured wires may result in release of an electrical jolt. Sometimes the jolt can cause mild discomfort; other times the jolt can result in serious injury or organ failure. Surgery to remove the wires may not be the solution, because heart surgery carries its own risks. Medtronic advises patients with the wire to contact their doctors.

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