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Tom D Bennett, William J Combs, Kallok Michael J, Brian B Lee, Rahul Mehra, George J Klein: Subcutaneous multi-electrode sensing system, method and pacer. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, July 26, 1994: US05331966 (887 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for providing an enhanced capability of detecting and gathering electrical cardiac signals via an array of relatively closely spaced subcutaneous electrodes (located on the body of an implanted device) which may be employed with suitable switching circuits, signal processors, ...


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Steven D Goedeke: System and method for deriving relative physiologic signals. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, May 18, 1999: US05904708 (746 worldwide citation)

A patient monitoring and/or therapy delivery system and method employing an implantable medical device for sensing absolute physiologic signal values within the body of a patient, e.g., absolute blood pressure, temperature, etc., and an external monitoring device for monitoring and conveying ambient ...


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Walter H Olson, William F Kaemmerer: Prioritized rule based method and apparatus for diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, August 13, 1996: US05545186 (623 worldwide citation)

An implantable antiarrhythmia device which detects and classifies arrhythmias of the human heart, and delivers appropriate therapy. The device employs a method of arrhythmia classification based on a set of prioritized rules, each of the rules defining a plurality of criteria based upon characterist ...


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Hermann D Funke: Body bus medical device communication system. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, January 29, 1991: US04987897 (570 worldwide citation)

A system intended for being at least partly implanted into a living body and comprising at least two modules or devices which are interconnected by a communication transmission channel, at least one of said modules being provided with transmitting and receiving means for a bidirectional exchange of ...


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Michael R S Hill, Kenneth R Jonkman: Method and device for electronically controlling the beating of a heart using venous electrical stimulation of nerve fibers. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, December 21, 1999: US06006134 (536 worldwide citation)

An electro-stimulation device includes a pair of electrodes for connection to at least one location in the body that affects or regulates the heartbeat. The electro-stimulation device both electrically arrests the heartbeat and stimulates the heartbeat. A pair of electrodes are provided for connecti ...


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Kenneth B Stokes: Drug dispensing body implantable lead. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Joseph F Breimayer, John L Rooney, March 26, 1985: US04506680 (512 worldwide citation)

A body implantable lead for the delivery of stimulation energy to a desired body site including a drug dispenser carried by the lead which retains a drug to be dispensed while allowing the dispensing of that drug at least adjacent the desired body stimulation site. The drug may be one which is inten ...


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Peter M J Mulier, Michael F Hoey: Method and apparatus for R-F ablation. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, July 11, 1995: US05431649 (490 worldwide citation)

An ablation catheter and a method of performing cardiac ablation. The catheter is provided with a hollow, helical electrode, which is screwed into cardiac tissue at a desired ablation site and connected to a source of R-F electrical energy to ablate the tissue adjacent the electrode. Prior to ablati ...


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Robert S Kieval, Tom D Bettett, Stephanie Michele Fitts: Baroreflex modulation with carotid sinus nerve stimulation for the treatment of heart failure. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Reed A Duthler, June 6, 2000: US06073048 (473 worldwide citation)

A system and method for stimulating the baroreflex arc based on levels of indicators from the body includes a pacemaker for bradycardia support pacing should the indicators show the need for support pacing. Other indicators and a process take advantage of an assumed relationship between peripheral v ...


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Kenneth B Stokes: Drug dispensing body implantable lead employing molecular sieves and methods of fabrication. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Joseph F Breimayer, John L Rooney, March 25, 1986: US04577642 (398 worldwide citation)

A body implantable lead for the delivery of stimulation energy to a desired body site including a drug dispenser carried by the lead which retains a drug to be dispensed while allowing the dispensing of that drug at least adjacent the desired body stimulation site. The drug is retained in a cavity w ...


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Todd J Sheldon, William J Combs, Mark K Erickson, Can Cinbis: Posture and device orientation and calibration for implantable medical devices. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Reed A Duthler, March 28, 2000: US06044297 (395 worldwide citation)

A method of and apparatus for determining the physical posture of a patient's body, having a superior-inferior body axis, an anterior-posterior body axis and a lateral-medial body axis, in relation to earth's gravitational field. A medical device having first, second and, optionally, third accelerom ...