FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin

REMOTES KEEP TAB OF HEART DEVICES

Dec. 22, 2005
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Because of an inherited condition, MariAnne LaFleur's heart could stop beating at any time. Her life depends upon an implanted device designed to restore her heart's normal rhythm. "If it failed, I'd die," said the Wheaton, Ill., schoolteacher. Once a day, the defibrillator in LaFleur's body wirelessly communicates information about her health -- and its own -- to her physician.

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