As a Medtronic device patient I have always been informed of issues regarding my implant whether or not it was necessary. It seems strange that the FDA has taken this action toward Medtronic when the FDA, historically, is the paragon of bureaucratic slowness[putzyness] when it comes to procedural notifications in its oversight programs.
When the medical community cries "Wolf!" in a critical treatment situation regarding life and the heart, everyone from the bottom up should be taking note and trying to solve the issue at hand. As I device recipient, I am trusting the system, besides my own diligence, to keep me abreast of changes or recalls etc. so I can continue living my life fully.
I am a testament to the fact that the notification system works. However, personal diligence, knowledge, and experience should prevail over situational ignorance to keep me alive and enjoying life. This beats waiting on any FDA mandate or edict causing me to panic or be overly concerned on correctable matters.