Patents Assigned to Pacesetter, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11369414
    Abstract: A catheter system for retrieving a leadless cardiac pacemaker from a patient is provided. The cardiac pacemaker can include a docking or retrieval feature configured to be grasped by the catheter system. In some embodiments, the retrieval catheter can include a snare configured to engage the retrieval feature of the pacemaker. The retrieval catheter can include a torque shaft selectively connectable to a docking cap and be configured to apply rotational torque to a pacemaker to be retrieved. Methods of delivering the leadless cardiac pacemaker with the delivery system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Khairkhahan, Alan Klenk, Thomas Blake Eby
  • Patent number: 11369305
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods, devices and systems for monitoring a trend in heart failure (HF) progression are provided. The method comprises sensing left ventricular (LV) activation events at multiple LV sensing sites along a multi-electrode LV lead. The activation events are generated in response to an intrinsic or paced ventricular event. The method implements program instructions on one or more processors for automatically determining a conduction pattern (CP) across the LV sensing sites based on the LV activation events, identifying morphologies (MP) for cardiac signals associated with the LV activation events and repeating the sensing, determining and identifying operations, at select intervals, to build a CP collection and an MP collection. The method calculates an HF trend based on the CP collection and MP collection and classifies a patient condition based on the HF trend to form an HF assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Nima Badie, Jan O. Mangual-Soto, Luke C. McSpadden, Louis-Philippe Richer, Jong Gill
  • Patent number: 11364364
    Abstract: A valve bypass tool, and a biostimulator transport system having such a valve bypass tool, is described. The valve bypass tool includes an annular seal to seal against a protective sheath of the biostimulator transport system. The valve bypass tool is slidably mounted on the protective sheath and includes a bypass sheath to insert into an access introducer. The valve bypass tool can lock onto the access introducer by mating a locking tab of the valve bypass tool with a locking groove of the access introducer. The locking tab can have a decent that securely fastens the components to resist decoupling when the biostimulator transport system is advanced through the access introducer into a patient anatomy. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: David Rickheim, Scott M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20220184404
    Abstract: Methods and devices for managing establishment of a communications link between an external instrument (EI) and an implantable medical device (IMD) are provided. The methods and devices comprise storing, in memory in at least one of the IMD or the EI an advertising schedule defining a pattern for advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed un-evenly and separated by unequal advertisement intervals. The method transmits, from a transmitter in at least one of the IMD or the EI the advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed as defined by the advertising schedule. The method establishes a communication session between the IMD and the EI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjian Wu, Samir Shah, Heidi Hellman, Reza Shahandeh, Tejpal Singh, Youjing Huang, Chao-Wen Young
  • Patent number: 11357414
    Abstract: A system for monitoring blood pressure includes an implantable medical device (IMD) and an external device (ED). The IMD senses an electrogram (EGM) signal, identifies a feature thereof indicative of a ventricular depolarization, and transmits a conductive communication signal through patient tissue indicating when the ventricular depolarization occurred. The ED is worn against skin and configured to receive the conductive communication signal. The ED is also configured to sense a plethysmography (PG) signal and identify a feature thereof indicative of when a pulse wave responsive to the ventricular depolarization reaches a region of the patient adjacent the ED, and determine a delay time (TD) indicative of how long it takes the pulse wave to travel from the patient's heart to the region of the patient adjacent to the ED. The TD is a surrogate of the patient's blood pressure and useful for monitoring the patient's blood pressure and/or changes therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean P. Andersen
  • Patent number: 11362316
    Abstract: Batteries having hybrid electrode configurations are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a battery comprises an electrode assembly. The electrode assembly comprises a first cathode including a first cathode active material, a second cathode including a second cathode active material different from the first cathode active material, a first anode disposed between the first cathode and the second cathode, a first separator interposed between the first cathode and the first anode, and a second separator interposed between the second cathode and the first anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaofei Jiang
  • Patent number: 11357545
    Abstract: A catheter system for retrieving a leadless cardiac pacemaker from a patient is provided. The cardiac pacemaker can include a docking or retrieval feature configured to be grasped by the catheter system. In some embodiments, the retrieval catheter can include a snare configured to engage the retrieval feature of the pacemaker. The retrieval catheter can include a torque shaft selectively connectable to a docking cap and be configured to apply rotational torque to a pacemaker to be retrieved. Methods of delivering the leadless cardiac pacemaker with the delivery system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Khairkhahan, Alan Klenk, Thomas Blake Eby
  • Patent number: 11351384
    Abstract: An implantable medical device includes a header body and a septum assembly. The header body includes a first welding surface and a septum bore extending inwardly from an outer surface to an inner cavity. The septum assembly is at least partially disposed within the septum bore of the header assembly and includes a septum configured to allow insertion of a tool through the septum into the inner cavity and to otherwise provide a seal. The septum assembly further includes a retainer within which at least a portion of the septum is retained. The retainer includes a welding feature coupled to the retainer body, the welding feature providing a second welding surface. The retainer is coupled to the header body by welding the first welding surface to the second welding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Asghar Dadashian, Christopher R. Jenney
  • Patent number: 11342128
    Abstract: The electrolytic capacitor has a conductive sheet with a central portion defined by a peripheral edge, a first tail extending out from the peripheral edge in a first direction, and a second tail extending out from the peripheral edge in a second direction. The second direction is opposite the first direction. The first tail and the second tail each have a free end with a first recess at the free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy McCurry, Peter J. Fernstrom, Ralph Jason Hemphill
  • Patent number: 11338146
    Abstract: A system is provided for controlling a left univentricular (LUV) pacing therapy using an implantable medical device (IMD). The system also includes one or more processors configured to determine an atrial-ventricular (AV) conduction interval (ARRV) between the A site and a first RV sensed event at the RV site, determine an inter-ventricular (VV) conduction interval (RLV-RRV) between a paced event at the LV site and a second RV sensed event at the RV site, and set a ventricular refractory period (VRP) based on at least one of the AV conduction interval or the VV conduction interval and a predetermined offset. The one or more processors are also configured to blank signals over the RV sensing channel during the VRP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan O. Mangual-Soto
  • Patent number: 11331507
    Abstract: Implantable cardioverter device (ICD) systems capable of delivering a multi-vector defibrillation shock, and methods for use therewith, are described herein. Such an ICD system can include a defibrillation charge capacitor, a charge circuit, first, second, and third electrodes, switches, a controller, and first, second and third filters. The defibrillation charge capacitor is coupled between a first voltage rail and a second voltage rail. The first filter is coupled between the first and second electrodes, and the second filter is coupled between the second and third electrodes, so that the first and second filters can shunt EMI signals. The third filter is coupled between the first and third electrodes and configured to provide for electrical symmetry when the first, second, and third electrodes are used to deliver a multi-vector defibrillation shock. Such filters, which can be implemented using capacitors, can be used to make the ICD system MRI compatible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Crook, Eiji Shirai, Arpitha Ravishankar
  • Patent number: 11330981
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an implantable device that include an inductor coil, a storage capacitor, active circuitry, and a sensor, but doesn't include an electrochemical cell, and methods for use therewith. During first periods of time, the storage capacitor accumulates and stores energy received via the inductor coil from a non-implanted device. During second periods of time, interleaved with the first periods of time, and during which energy is not received from the non-implanted device, the active circuitry of the implantable device is powered by the energy stored on the storage capacitor and is used to perform at least one of a plurality of predetermined operations of the implantable device, including, e.g., obtaining a sensor measurement from the sensor of the implantable device, transmitting a communication signal including a sensor measurement to the non-implanted device, and/or receiving a communication signal from the non-implanted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Andersen, William Douglas Barrett, Jin-Woo Park, Philip M. Fitzsimons, Ion Opris, Eiji Shirai
  • Patent number: 11331498
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems are provided for automatically determining capture thresholds for an implantable medical device equipped for cardiac stimulus pacing using a multi-pole left ventricular (LV) lead. The methods and systems measures a base capture threshold for a base pacing vector utilizing stimulation pulses varied over at least a portion of an outer test range. The base pacing vector is defined by a first LV electrode provided on the LV lead and a second electrode located remote from an LV chamber. The methods and systems designate a secondary pacing vector that includes the first LV electrode and a neighbor LV electrode provided on the LV lead. The methods and systems further define an inner test range having secondary limits based on the base capture threshold, wherein at least one of the limits for the inner test range differs from a corresponding limit for the outer test range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Luke McSpadden, Fujian Qu, Cyrille S. Casset, Chunlan Jiang, Kyungmoo Ryu, Caroline D. Jordan, Yelena Nabutovsky, Nima Badie
  • Patent number: 11331496
    Abstract: A biostimulator, such as a leadless cardiac pacemaker, including an electrical feedthrough assembly mounted on a housing, is described. An electronics compartment of the housing can contain an electronics assembly to generate a pacing impulse, and the electrical feedthrough assembly can include an electrode tip to deliver the pacing impulse to a target tissue. A monolithically formed electrode body can have a pin integrated with a cup. The pin can be electrically connected to the electronics assembly, and the cup can be electrically connected to the electrode tip. Accordingly, the biostimulator can transmit the pacing impulse through the monolithic pin and cup to the target tissue. The cup can hold a filler having a therapeutic agent for delivery to the target tissue and may include retention elements for maintaining the filler at a predetermined location within the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Paspa, Thomas B. Eby, Matthew G. Fishler, Carl Lance Boling, Thomas Robert Luhrs, Russell Klehn, Tyler J. Strang, Arees Garabed, Kavous Sahabi, Brett Villavicencio, Wes Alleman, Alex Soriano, Matthew R. Malone, Conor P. Foley
  • Patent number: 11317803
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems are provided that comprise, under control of one or more processors of a medical device, where the one or more processors are configured with specific executable instructions. The methods and systems include sensing circuitry configured to define a sensing channel to collect biological signals, memory configured to store program instructions, a processor configured to implement the program instructions to at least one of analyze the biological signals, manage storage of the biological signals or deliver a therapy, and communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one other implantable or external device, the communication circuitry configured to transition between a sleep state, a partial awake state and a fully awake state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjian Wu, Chao-Wen Young, Jun Yang, Reza Shahandeh, Gabriel A. Mouchawar
  • Patent number: 11311733
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a rate adaptive bi-ventricular fusion pacing. The methods and systems deliver a first pulse at a left ventricular (LV) lead and a second pulse at a right ventricular (RV) lead based on a paced atrio-ventricular (AV) delay. The first pulse timed to be delivered concurrently with an intrinsic ventricular conduction. The methods and systems further repeat the delivery of the first pulse and the second pulse for a predetermined number of cycles. Additionally, the methods and systems measure an intrinsic AV conduction interval, and adjust the paced AV delay based on the intrinsic AV conduction interval and a negative hysteresis delta.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Wisnoskey
  • Patent number: 11304647
    Abstract: Devices and methods for dynamically controlling sensitivity associated with detecting R-waves while maintaining the fixed detection threshold are described herein. One such method includes sensing an analog signal indicative of cardiac electrical activity, converting the analog signal indicative of cardiac electrical activity to a digital signal indicative of cardiac electrical activity, and detecting R-waves by comparing the digital signal indicative of cardiac electrical activity to a fixed detection threshold to thereby detect threshold crossings that corresponds to R-waves. The method further includes selectively adjusting a gain applied to the digital signal indicative of cardiac electrical activity to thereby selectively adjust a sensitivity associated with the detecting R-waves, while maintaining the fixed detection threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean Andersen
  • Patent number: 11298083
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) and a computer implemented method are provided. The ICM includes electrodes that are configured to sense analog cardiac activity (CA) signals when engaged with tissue at a location remote from the heart. One or more of the electrodes transition between an engaged state and disengaged state with respect to the tissue. An analog to digital (A/D) converter communicates with the electrodes along a data signal path. The A/D converts the analog CA signals to digital CA signal. An electrode-tissue feedback (ETF) circuit is provided along the data signal path between the electrodes and the A/D converter. The ETF circuit generates a feedback signal component into the data signal path when one or more of the electrodes is in the disengaged state. The feedback signal component is superimposed onto the analog CA signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Fady Dawoud, Alan B. Vogel, Kurt Salek
  • Patent number: 11298507
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for delivering a leadless pacemaker having a housing with a proximal end. The system includes a guide catheter. The guide catheter includes a catheter shaft and a negative pressure attachment feature. The catheter shaft includes a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end. The negative pressure attachment feature is located at the distal end of the catheter shaft and configured to selectively negative pressure adhere with the housing of the leadless pacemaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Eby, Arundhati Kabe, Paul Paspa
  • Patent number: 11298552
    Abstract: Methods and devices for managing establishment of a communications link between an external instrument (EI) and an implantable medical device (IMD) are provided. The methods and devices comprise storing, in memory in at least one of the IMD or the EI an advertising schedule defining a pattern for advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed un-evenly and separated by unequal advertisement intervals. The method transmits, from a transmitter in at least one of the IMD or the EI the advertisement notices. The advertisement notices are distributed as defined by the advertising schedule. The method establishes a communication session between the IMD and the EI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjian Wu, Samir Shah, Heidi Hellman, Reza Shahandeh, Tejpal Singh, Youjing Huang, Chao-Wen Young