Open-heart surgery is already risky enough — but if you or someone you love is going in for this procedure, there’s a whole new danger being thrown into the mix.
It’s not the surgery itself.
It’s a device they use to keep your blood and organs at the right temperature while they work on your heart.
It’s SUPPOSED to save your life, because if the temperature is a couple of degrees off either way, you’re toast.
But it can do just the opposite… because it turns out the device itself could be crawling with deadly germs!
The CDC is warning that the LivaNova Stöckert 3T heater-cooler could be contaminated during its manufacturing process in Germany with a germ called Mycobacterium chimaera.
There’s a reason you’ve probably never heard of this bug: It’s generally harmless, at least in healthy people.
But if you’re sick or have a weakened immune system… if you’re a HEART PATIENT… it could lead to a deadly infection.
The CDC just issued a major warning about the device, but don’t thank your pals in government for trying to protect you.
They had nothing to do with it.
It was really Consumer Reports that discovered this risk!
The CDC didn’t bother to act until the magazine went public with its report — and even then, the agency couldn’t admit that a magazine that reviews toaster ovens is doing their job a whole lot better than they are.
In what has to be the most passive-aggressive government warning ever, the feds only say that there’s “new information” that led to the recall.
But let’s forget how badly the agency was humiliated. That’s not what matters here.
What matters is that this device is used in 150,000 open-heart procedures every year. Every three and a half minutes, someone is getting treated with this device — and facing the deadly risks that come with it.
So let me give you two quick tips.
First, if you or a loved one has had open-heart surgery recently, be on the lookout for signs of infection: fatigue, night sweats, fever, muscle pain, and weight loss.
Even if you had the procedure weeks ago, you’re not out of the woods. This infection could take MONTHS to kick in — so if you spot anything unusual, get help ASAP.
And second, if you’re going in for open-heart surgery, ask about what device they’re using. If it’s this thing, ask for something else.
If they don’t have any other option, then make sure it’s been tested for possible contamination.