Cordis Catheters Recall

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Cordis Corporation Dura Star RX and Fire Star RX PTCA Balloon Catheters Recalled

Heart failure is one of the biggest killers of people in the United States and around the world every year.  There are innumerable reasons for heart failure, but one of the most prevalent can be traced to blockage in the arteries that surround the heart due to a buildup of plaque and other substances that constrict the flow of blood to and from the heart, which leads to its ultimate failure.

In recent times, several procedures have been put forth in an effort to deal with this artery blockage in patients, and one of the most successful procedures is that of angioplasty, which is a procedure that uses several different surgical techniques to unblock the arteries and to allow for the free flow of blood to and from the heart once again. 

One technique that has been used quite often to free the arteries of blockage involves the use of balloon catheters, which are inserted into the blocked arteries and inflated while inside the patient to clear the area that’s been blocked.  When this opening has been created, the balloons used are supposed to deflate properly and the surgery is complete.

Angioplasty has usually been a relatively simple heart procedure and patients have recovered from it quickly when it’s performed properly and viable products are used to effectuate the clearing of these arteries.  However, angioplasty procedures have come under fire for different reasons.

One recent and specific reason for problems encountered with angioplasty is the use of defective balloons.  One company, Cordis Corporation of Florida, has come under scrutiny for its balloon products, to the point where it was recently announced that a Class I recall has been initiated in relation to several lots of these balloons. 

Reason for Cordis Recall:
The reason for the recall, according to the FDA, is that the Cordis balloons in question have shown a tendency to either deflate too slowly or not at all after they are implanted inside the patient, which leads to total blockage of the arteries or blood vessels in which they’ve been used, which can lead to heart failure and even death in certain cases.

If you have put your life and viability in the hands of these products and you’re concerned about your safety, contact your doctor immediately for a full medical evaluation.  If you’ve been injured as a result of Cordis’ balloons, you also need to contact a defective products attorney as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.

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