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Due to a defect causing shortened battery life, Guidant has recalled several models of its implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD’s) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D’s). The recall involves about 73,000 devices, which have faulty capacitors possibly leading to rapid battery depletion. The Guidant ICD’s and CRT-D’s included in this recall are the Contak Renewal 3 HE CRT-Ds (Models H177 and H179), Contak Renewal 3 CRT-Ds (Models H170 and H175), Vitality 2 DR ICDs (T165), Vitality 2 VR ICDs (T175), Vitality AVT ICDs (A155), Vitality DS DR ICDs (T125), and Vitality EL DR ICDs (T135). This is not the first time Guidant has recalled its heart devices. During June 2005 through September 2005, Guidant issued five separate recalls of its cardiac devices. Last year, Guidant was purchased by Boston Scientific.

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