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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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Wilton W Webster Jr, Benjamin J Scherlag, Michael Scherlag, Patrick Schauerte: Method and apparatus for transvascular treatment of tachycardia and fibrillation. Christie Parker & Hale, September 18, 2001: US06292695 (543 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method of controlling cardiac fibrillation, tachycardia, or cardiac arrhythmia by the use of an electrophysiology catheter having a tip section that contains at least one stimulating electrode, the electrode being stably placed at a selected intravascular location. T ...


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Peter J Schwartz: Implantable electrical vagal stimulation for prevention or interruption of life threatening arrhythmias. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, John A Rissman, July 19, 1994: US05330507 (515 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for stimulating the right or left vagus nerve with continuous and/or phasic electrical pulses, the latter in a specific relationship with the R-wave of the patient's electrogram. The automatic detection of the need for vagal stimulation is responsive to increases in the heart ...


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Timothy J Cox, John P Rosborough: Cardiac simulation system having multiple stimulators for anti-arrhythmia therapy. Intermedics, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, October 31, 2000: US06141588 (395 worldwide citation)

A medical system comprising a control device (referred to as a "planet") and a plurality of sensing and stimulating devices (referred to as "satellites") is disclosed. The satellites are relatively small devices that can be thoracoscopically attached to an exterior surface of the heart. The planet c ...


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Kenneth B Stokes, Adrianus P Donders: Leadless multisite implantable stimulus and diagnostic system. Medtronic, Michael J Jaro, Harold Patton, September 29, 1998: US05814089 (381 worldwide citation)

There is provided an implantable system and method for delivering stimulus pulses and/or collecting data from a plurality of sites within a patient's body, having a main controller device with a power source, a stimulator/sensing devices at each of said sites, and circuitry for high frequency transm ...


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Robert A Mest: Method and system for treatment of tachycardia and fibrillation. Christie Parker & Hale, May 13, 2003: US06564096 (316 worldwide citation)

A method for regulating the heart rate of a patient comprises inserting into a blood vessel of the patient a catheter having an electrode assembly at its distal end. The electrode assembly comprises a generally circular main region that is generally transverse to the axis of the catheter and on whic ...


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Charles S Taylor, Robert G Matheny, Dwight P Morejohn: Method and apparatus for using vagus nerve stimulation in surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, June 22, 1999: US05913876 (305 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for facilitating coronary surgery on the beating heart wherein the vagus nerve is electrically stimulated to purposely temporarily stop or substantially reduce the beating of the heart under precisely controlled conditions. The apparatus controllably applies the electrical sti ...


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Michael R S Hill, Rahul Mehra: Method and apparatus for control of A-V interval. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, May 2, 1995: US05411531 (255 worldwide citation)

A device for controlling the duration of A-V conduction intervals in a patient's heart. Stimulation of the AV nodal fat pad is employed to maintain the durations of the A-V conduction intervals within a desired interval range, which may vary as a function of sensed heart rate or other physiologic pa ...


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Fred M Cohen: Pacing systems and methods for control of the ventricular activation sequence. Richard G Harrer, Charles E Cates, December 29, 1992: US05174289 (229 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods for improving the ventricular activation sequence of the heart by pacing at an advantageous selected ventricular location to achieve shortening of the QRS complex or pacing at multiple advantageous selected ventricular locations, either simulataneously or with a programmed dela ...


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Rodney W Salo: Method and apparatus for pacing patients with severe congestive heart failure. Cardiac Pacemakers, Haugen and Nikolai P A, December 23, 1997: US05700283 (216 worldwide citation)

An implantable cardiac pacemaker especially designed for treatment of CHF includes an accelerometer for sensing heart sounds and processing circuitry for deriving from the heart sound information the mechanical AV delay of the patient's heart. The pacemaker's applied AV delay is then adjusted until ...