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Bruce A Tockman, Julio C Spinelli, Rodney W Salo: Method and apparatus to automatically optimize the pacing mode and pacing cycle parameters of a dual chamber pacemaker. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai P A, July 30, 1996: US05540727 (324 worldwide citation)

A cardiac stimulating system incorporating a microprocessor-based controller is designed to automatically optimize both the pacing mode and one or more pacing cycle parameters in a way that results in optimization of a cardiac performance parameter, such as cardiac output. For each of a plurality of ...


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Lawrence S Baumann, Bruce A Tockman, Rodney W Salo, Emanuel H Silvermint: Apparatus and method for optimizing cardiac performance by determining the optimal timing interval from an accelerometer signal. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen & Nikolai PA, November 17, 1998: US05836987 (323 worldwide citation)

A cardiac stimulating apparatus and method which optimizes cardiac performance by determining, from a filtered waveform transmitted from an accelerometer contained within the cardiac pacer, an optimum timing interval between at least one of intrinsic and paced stimulations of pre-selected chambers o ...


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Rodney W Salo, Julio C Spinelli, Bruce A Tockman: Cardiac stimulating apparatus and method for heart failure therapy. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai, August 2, 1994: US05334222 (282 worldwide citation)

A cardiac rhythm management device includes a dual-chamber pacemaker especially designed for treating congestive heart failure and a defibrillator as a back-up measure. The device incorporates a programmed microcontroller which is operative to adjust the AV delay of the pacemaker to a minimum or max ...


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Rodney W Salo, Bruce A Tockman, Morton M Mower: Implantable cardiac function monitor and stimulator for diagnosis and therapy delivery. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai, May 23, 1995: US05417717 (246 worldwide citation)

An implantable monitor/stimulator is disclosed that monitors and assesses indices of cardiac function, including the strength and timing of cardiac contraction, then automatically executes a physician-selected mode of therapy. It accomplishes this by assessing impedance, electrocardiogram, and/or pr ...


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Rodney W Salo, Julio C Spinelli, Bruce A Tockman: Cardiac stimulating apparatus and method for heart failure therapy. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai P A, December 17, 1996: US05584868 (233 worldwide citation)

A cardiac rhythm management device and method includes a dual-chamber pacemaker especially designed for treating congestive heart failure and a defibrillator as a back-up measure. The device incorporates a programmed microcontroller which is operative to adjust the AV delay of the pacemaker to a min ...


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Angelo Auricchio, Rodney W Salo, Bruce A Tockman, Ronald W Heil Jr, Randy Westlund, Stuart R Chastain: Left ventricular access lead for heart failure pacing. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai P A, August 10, 1999: US05935160 (188 worldwide citation)

An elongated monopolar or bipolar coronary vein lead having a reduced outer diameter and especially adapted to be advanced into a selected coronary vein for delivering a pacing signal to a predetermined region of a patient's heart, such as the left ventricle. A method of using the lead for pacing a ...


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Rodney W Salo, Julio C Spinelli, Bruce A Tockman: Automated programmable stimulating device to optimize pacing parameters and method. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai, January 30, 1996: US05487752 (147 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for automatically optimizing a cardiac performance parameter of the heart, such as its cardiac output mean arterial pressure pO.sub.2 or pCO.sub.2. The performance parameter is optimized by periodically pacing the heart for a short period of time with stimulating pulses having ...


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Stuart R Chastain, Bruce A Tockman, Randy W Westlund: Open-ended intravenous cardiac lead. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai P A, May 26, 1998: US05755766 (128 worldwide citation)

Intravenous cardiac leads having at least one electrode intended to be implanted within the coronary veins are disclosed. Also disclosed are structures and techniques for advancing such leads through the atrium and coronary sinus into the coronary veins overlaying the left ventricle.


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Bruce A Tockman, Randy W Westlund, Stuart R Chastain, Bruce M Wilson, John A Greenland, Jon A Becker: Insertion apparatus for left ventricular access lead. Cardiac Pacemakers, Nikolai Mersereau & Dietz P A, September 19, 2000: US06122552 (88 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for positioning a cardiac lead in the vasculature of the heart includes a guide catheter, a sleeve and a guidewire. The guide catheter has an inflatable balloon at its distal end and a central lumen open distally to the exterior of the catheter for injection of dye or advancement of a g ...


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Jeffrey A Hall, Wade A Bowe, Bruce A Tockman, Randy W Westlund, Neil Becker: Peel-away sheath. Cardiac Pacemakers, Faegre & Benson, September 6, 2005: US06939327 (79 worldwide citation)

A peel-away sheath for a catheter includes at least one weakened area in a non-longitudinal pattern, such as a helical pattern, along the length of the sheath. One embodiment of a catheter sheath includes a tube having at least one pull wire integrally located within its wall. Another embodiment of ...