George C Rosar, Ken W Bachofer, James L Pokorney, James E Graf: Electrosurgical apparatus. St Jude Medical, Leydig Voit & Mayer, April 5, 1994: US05300068 (648 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical apparatus for cutting tissue and for ablating occlusions includes a pulse generator for selectively generating a train of pulses of electrical energy for application to a wire having an attached electrode, the generator having a variable output impedance, the wire and the electrod ...

Stephen T Kuehn, Thomas F Hinnenkamp, William R Holmberg, Darrin J Bergman, Scott D Moore, Terry L Shepherd: Mitral and tricuspid valve repair. St Jude Medical, Peter S Dardi, Hallie A Finucane, Westman Champlin & Kelly P A, December 26, 2000: US06165183 (444 worldwide citation)

A novel approach to mitral or tricuspid valve repair involves the performance of an edge-to-edge fastening/securing of opposing heart valve leaflets through a catheter entering the heart. Thus, a device is introduced including a leaflet fastener applicator through a cardiac catheter or other suitabl ...

Rassoll Rashidi: Electrophysiology/ablation catheter having lariat configuration of variable radius. St Jude Medical Atrial Fibrillation Division, July 25, 2006: US07081114 (418 worldwide citation)

A remotely deflectable electrophysiology/ablation catheter of the type intended for placing into an interior passage of the heart is disclosed. The distal end of this elongated tubular catheter has a pair of tension/compression members each with a flattened end portion connected to the distal electr ...

Todd A Berg, Alex A Peterson, William J Swanson, Paul J Hindrichs: Apparatus and methods for closing septal defects and occluding blood flow. St Jude Medical ATG, Edward M Arons, Fish & Neave, March 30, 2004: US06712836 (407 worldwide citation)

Plugs and methods for plugging septal defects and blood vessels are provided. Plugs are delivered via catheter to a septal defect or a location where it is desired to occlude blood flow in a blood vessel. The plugs are positioned and expanded at the treatment site. The expansion of the plugs can be ...

Stephen T Kuehn, Karen P Montpetit: Devices with a bendable tip for medical procedures. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Altera Group, June 1, 2004: US06743239 (375 worldwide citation)

An improved device for performing medical procedures, preferably minimally invasive medical procedures, includes a shaft with a proximal and distal end and a bendable tip extending from the distal end of the shaft. In some preferred embodiments, a fastener applicator extends from the bendable tip. I ...

William J Swanson, Mark D Wahlberg, Jason A Galdonik, Todd Allen Berg, Scott P Thome: Medical anastomosis apparatus. St Jude Medical Cardiovascular Group, Robert R Jackson, Fish & Neave, September 5, 2000: US06113612 (344 worldwide citation)

A connector for use in providing an anastomotic connection between two tubular body fluid conduits in a patient. The connector is preferably a single, integral, plastically deformable structure that can be cut from a tube. The connector has axial spaced portions that include members that are radiall ...

John A Hauck, Jeff A Schweitzer, Michael Craven, Valtino Afonso, Holly Cotner, Frank Callaghan, John Schultz: Method and apparatus for catheter navigation and location and mapping in the heart. St Jude Medical Atrial Fibrillation Division, August 28, 2007: US07263397 (326 worldwide citation)

A medical system for finding and displaying the location of electrodes within the body. The electrodes may be used to measure the voltage on the heart wall and display this as an activation map on a geometry representing the heart chamber.

Alex Alden Peterson, Paul J Hindrichs, Mark D Wahlberg, Todd Allen Berg, Jon Patrick St Germain: Medical graft connector and methods of making and installing same. St Jude Medical Cardiovascular Group, Robert R Jackson, Walter M Egbert III, Fish & Neave, November 28, 2000: US06152937 (317 worldwide citation)

A medical graft connector for connecting an end of a tubular graft conduit to a side wall of a patient's existing tubular body conduit via an aperture in the side wall thereof has a first plurality of fingers configured to engage an interior surface of the side wall of the existing conduit. A second ...

Thomas G Schoon, Eric S Buchanan: Driver tool with multiple drive gear layers for heart prosthesis fasteners. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, Altera Law Group, September 7, 2004: US06786925 (309 worldwide citation)

A driver tool drives multiple fasteners simultaneously through the outer ring of a heart valve component into the surrounding tissue annulus of a heart. The driver tool includes two stacked satellite gear layers that drive flexible shafts that simultaneously drive the fasteners into tissue surroundi ...

Michael J Girard, Todd D Campbell, M William Mirsch II, Kristen Swanson: Integral supporting structure for bioprosthetic heart valve. St Jude Medical, Hallie A Finucane, February 10, 1998: US05716417 (300 worldwide citation)

A stent for receiving and supporting a tissue heart valve for ultimate implantation into a human, the heart valve including tissue leaflets joined at circumferentially spaced commissures, wherein the stent includes at least one commissure support post and at least one sinus support structure each si ...