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St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Heart Attacks, Respiratory Failure, Deaths | Valve Leakage, Failed Deployment

St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector Side Effects May Lead To Heart Attacks Lawsuits

St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Heart Attacks, Respiratory Failure, Deaths | Valve Leakage, Failed Deployment

St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector

The St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector has been associated with a high occurrence of heart attacks, respiratory failure, and has been linked several deaths. The adverse effects associated with the St. Jude Symmetry Aortic connector include graft narrowing, valve leakage, failed deployment, and occlusion.

The St. Jude Symmetry is commonly used in "beating heart" or "off machine" heart bypass surgery. "Beating Heart" or "Off Machine" bypass surgery has become increasingly popular because it eliminates the need for the bypass patient to hooked up to a lung machine during bypass surgery. The device allows thoracic surgeons to attach saphenous (leg) vein grafts to the aorta without sutures and without clamping the aorta during the procedure.

The St. Jude Medical Symmetry device was approved in 2001 after an abbreviated approval process. There have been thousands of the devices implanted during coronary bypass surgery, mostly in "off pump" or "beating heart" procedures where surgeons do not place the patient on the heart lung machine.

Despite adverse reports, the manufacturer of the symmetric bypass aortic connectors, St. Jude Medical neither conducted clinical trials or testing of a larger segment of the post-cardiac bypass population, nor have they made any alterations in design or manufacture that would lessen the great danger the aortic connector poses to implant patients.

To make matters worse, St. Jude Medical has not contacted the physicians or patients to emphasize the importance of regular monitoring and testing of patients with the Symmetry connector. The Symmetry Bypass Aortic connector is still on the market and aggressively marketed by St. Jude Medical.

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a St Jude Aortic connector, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective medical device attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Feds Seek to Join St. Jude Whistleblower Lawsuit

Aug 9, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
St. Jude Medical Inc. is facing scrutiny from the US Justice Department over an alleged kickback scheme. According to a Reuters report, the US Attorneys Office in Boston is seeking to intervene in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee of the heart device maker. Charles Donigian, who worked as a technical services specialist for St. Jude between 2004 and 2007, filed suit in 2006 accusing St. Jude of paying kickbacks to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to induce...

Lawsuits Allege Medtronic, Other Firms Illegally Marketed Surgical Ablation Products

Jul 16, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Medtronic Inc., St. Jude Medical Inc., AtriCure Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp. all allegedly paid kickbacks to doctors in order to convince them to use their surgical ablation products to treat the heart-rhythm defect called atrial fibrillation, according to lawsuits recently unsealed in Texas.   According to The Wall Street Journal, the lawsuits were filed by former employees of the companies.Allegations of kickbacks by medical device makers are nothing new.  For example, in...

St. Jude Served with FDA Warning Letter

Apr 23, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter this week to St. Jude Medical Inc. because of faulty manufacturing practices at its catheter manufacturing plant in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The letter was released in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said BizJournal.The filing stated that the FDA inspected St. Jude Medical’s Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Division’s catheter facility on a number of occasions from December 8 and...

Judge Allows Valve Case Against St. Jude To Proceed

Jan 7, 2004 | AP
A judge's ruling will allow a class-action lawsuit over a defective heart valve to proceed against St. Jude Medical Inc., even though federal regulators approved the device.U.S. District Judge John Tunheim on Monday also reduced the number of potential plaintiffs in the lengthy lawsuit against the Little Canada-based medical device company.The case involves St. Jude's Silzone heart valve, which was surgically implanted in about 36,000 people worldwide after receiving Food and Drug...

Heart Valve Patients Can Sue Maker: Judge

Sep 24, 2003 |
An Ontario judge has ruled that Canadians who received certain silver-coated heart valves can sue the company that made them. Silzone mechanical heart valves, by St. Jude Medical, were coated in silver, the company says, to reduce the rate of infection in patients. Three years after the company introduced them, they recalled the valves because they were making too many people sick. Eric Anderson received Silzone heart valves in 1998, one of about 2,300 Canadians who were implanted with the...

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