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An implantable device for providing electrical stimulation of cervical vagus nerves for treatment of chronic cardiac dysfunction with leadless heart rate monitoring is provided. A stimulation therapy lead includes helical electrodes configured to conform to an outer diameter of a cervical vagus nerve sheath, and a set of connector pins electrically connected to the helical electrodes. A neurostimulator includes an electrical receptacle into which the connector pins are securely and electrically coupled. The neurostimulator also includes a pulse generator configured to therapeutically stimulate the vagus nerve through the helical electrodes in alternating cycles of stimuli application and stimuli inhibition that are tuned to both efferently activate the heart's intrinsic nervous system and afferently activate the patient's central reflexes by triggering bi-directional action potentials. Finally, the neurostimulator includes an integrated leadless heart rate sensor configured to sense heart rate and to record the sensed heart rate as data into a memory.

Title
Implantable device for providing electrical stimulation of cervical vagus nerves for treatment of chronic cardiac dysfunction with leadless heart rate monitoring
Application Number
13/314126
Publication Number
8577458 (B1)
Application Date
December 7, 2011
Publication Date
November 5, 2013
Inventor
Bruce H KenKnight
Maple Grove
MN, US
Badri Amurthur
Los Gatos
CA, US
Imad Libbus
St. Paul
MN, US
Agent
Cyberonics
Assignee
Cyberonics
TX, US
IPC
A61N 1/05
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