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Kenneth A Collins: Antiarrhythmia pacer using antiarrhythmia pacing and autonomic nerve stimulation therapy. Telectronics Pacing Systems, Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman, April 20, 1993: US05203326 (562 worldwide citation)

An antiarrhythmia pacemaker detects the occurrence of an abnormal condition of a patient's heart and, in response, delivers an antiarrhythmia therapy to the patient which includes two components, electrical stimulation of the heart and electrical stimulation of nerves or ganglia in the autonomic ner ...


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Leslie A Geddes, Tarek Elabbady, William E Schoenlein, Matthew Waninger, Joe D Bourland: Method and apparatus using vagal stimulation for control of ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation. Purdue Research Foundation, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, June 29, 1999: US05916239 (540 worldwide citation)

A closed-loop, variable-frequency, vagal-stimulation apparatus for control of ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation. In one embodiment the apparatus includes a stimulator applied to the left vagus nerve and a controller programmed to automatically and continuously adjust the vagal stimulation ...


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Markus Haller, Bozidar Ferek Petric, Adrianus P Donders: System and method of communicating between an implantable medical device and a remote computer system or health care provider. Medtronic, Girma Wolde Michael, Daniel G Chapik, October 12, 2004: US06804558 (419 worldwide citation)

A medical information communication system and corresponding methods are described. The system permits monitoring the performance of an implantable medical device (IMD) implanted within a body of a patient, monitoring the health of the patient, or remotely delivering a therapy to the patient through ...


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Hermann D Funke: Acoustic body bus medical device communication system. Medtronic, John A Rissman, Harold R Patton, May 19, 1992: US05113859 (405 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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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 ...


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Paul A Levine, Jason A Sholder, Gene A Bornzin, Joseph J Florio, Kenneth Valikai, Lisa P Weinberg: Implantable stimulation device having means for operating in a preemptive pacing mode to prevent tachyarrhythmias and method thereof. Pacesetter, May 2, 2000: US06058328 (390 worldwide citation)

Preemptive tachyarrhythmia pacing is provided in an implantable cardiac-stimulation device, such as an implantable pacemaker or defibrillator, by modifying the operation of the implantable device in a way that minimizes the likelihood of occurrence of a tachyarrhythmia. The behavior modification is ...


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Joseph P Ilvento: Self-contained, self-powered temporary intravenous pacing catheter assembly. Lyon & Lyon, December 1, 1998: US05843132 (379 worldwide citation)

A self-powered, self-contained, intravenous pacing catheter assembly for use in temporary intravenous cardiac pacing therapy, wherein all components of the assembly may be operated and maintained in a sterile environment proximate a patient entry site. In a preferred embodiment, a miniature pacemake ...


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Michael B Shelton: Method and apparatus for controlling an implanted medical device in a time-dependent manner. Medtronic, Thomas F Woods, Harold R Patton, November 17, 1998: US05836989 (359 worldwide citation)

An implantable medical device and corresponding system and method are disclosed having programmable operating functions for monitoring a patient condition or delivering a therapy. The device has a primary operating function and a trial operating function. Those functions are enabled or disabled in a ...


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Michael R S Hill, Scott E Jahns, James R Keogh: Method and system for nerve stimulation prior to and during a medical procedure. Medtronic, Cardinal Law Group, September 10, 2002: US06449507 (351 worldwide citation)

A method of performing a medical procedure, such as surgery, is provided. A nerve is stimulated in order to adjust the beating of the heart to a first condition, such as a stopped or slowed condition. The medical procedure is performed on the heart or another organ. The stimulation of the nerve is s ...


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Louis E Halperin, Brian B Lee, Glenn M Roline, Anthony J Varrichio: Implantable capacitive absolute pressure and temperature monitor system. Medtronic, Michael B Atlass, Harold R Patton, July 16, 1996: US05535752 (319 worldwide citation)

A capacitive pressure and temperature sensing system for providing signals representative of the magnitude of body fluid absolute pressure at a selected site and ambient operating conditions, including body temperature, at the site. An implantable lead having a sensor module formed in its distal end ...