If you’ve experienced heart rhythm problems… and you’ve had a defibrillator implanted into your chest… there’s a SHOCKING new warning you need to know about.
And even if you’ve dodged that bullet yourself… but you care for someone who hasn’t been quite so lucky… this should perk up your ears.
The feds have just confessed to a MAJOR FAULT in devices used on heart failure and arrhythmia patients.
But they’re not recalling them…
And that makes you a SITTING DUCK.
Don’t take ANY chances here. Be vigilant in protecting your heart… and your life.
Because our government officials have made it VERY clear that they’re inviting mayhem… and doing NOTHING to stop it.
The fox is guarding the henhouse
For anyone whose heartbeat has slowed down to a crawl (a.k.a. bradycardia)… or picked up speed like a horse on the run (a.k.a. tachycardia)… a defibrillator can be a lifesaving device.
Once implanted in your chest, it helps keep your heart rhythm “just right.”
It helps a sluggish heart keep up the pace… and if your heart is beating dangerously fast, it’ll zap it with an electric shock.
But now TWO federal agencies have made a DAMNING announcement regarding how your defibrillator could do the WRONG THING at the WRONG TIME.
The FDA and the Department of Homeland Security are saying the problem is because of “cybersecurity vulnerabilities.”
Specifically, they haven’t encrypted YOUR heart information into a secret code… and they haven’t required ANY kind of security protocol to access the systems (like a password, PIN, or other secure authentication).
That’s just a fancy way of saying that makers basically left several doors and windows wide open… and are practically inviting hackers to just walk right in!
Specifically, they’ve discovered that someone could figure out how to INTERCEPT wireless communications between implanted devices, home monitors and clinic-based providers.
The cyber-attacker wouldn’t even have to be an expert CODE-BREAKER. They’d barely need any hacking skill at all!
Imagine some nefarious person being able to EXPLOIT these vulnerabilities… tap into your “connected” heart device… and make it do WHATEVER they want.
They could even KILL you. And they wouldn’t have to lay a finger on you.
Here’s the crazy part.
The feds aren’t requiring device makers to do recall or replace the UNSECURE devices.
They’ve told the world that they left the doors unlocked… yet they’re asking YOU to keep using these faulty devices while you wait for a “software update” from the device makers.
If you’ve ever tried updating your own computer or smartphone, you know how well THAT can go… and how LONG it can take.
The feds say they’re “not aware of” any reports of patients being harmed as a result of these vulnerabilities.
But that doesn’t mean that patients HAVEN’T been harmed — only that the device maker hasn’t REPORTED it.
And our federal agencies have NO POWER to test the cybersecurity of ANY device before it hits the market. They rely on what the device makers SAY they’ve done.
Don’t put your heart… or your life… in the hands of careless manufacturers.
If you’re struggling to control your heart rhythm… and your cardiologist is pushing an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator on you… make sure you know ALL the risks before agreeing to one of these device systems.
If something wonky has already happened with your defibrillator implant system – especially if it’s one of the Medtronic lines of CareLink programmers and monitors – go straight to the feds with your report.
Visit the FDA’s MedWatch website at accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/ and fill out form 3500B.