Patents Assigned to Telectronics N.V.
  • Patent number: 5275620
    Abstract: This invention describes novel lead connectors for use with an implantable device, such as a cardiac pacemaker. In one aspect, the connectors use resilient spring action to mechanically retain the lad in the connector and maintain reliable electrical contact. In another aspect, the connector has a plurality of terminations which are grouped together and is enclosed in a biocompatible flexible insulator to form a connector strip. A remote lead assembly is also provided, which permits the implanted device to be remotely located from the connectors used to connect with leads coupled to implanted electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Telectronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Darby, Akira Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 5191884
    Abstract: A multiprogrammable, telemetric, implantable defibrillator contains a high energy shock system to revert VT/VF's to normal sinus rhythm and a multi-programmable VVI bradycardia support system. When the apparatus is in an automatic shock sequence, there are two points of reconfirmation: at the programmed minimum time to shock and after the full charge has been reached, or at thirty seconds, whichever comes first. Reconfirmation involves testing the tachycardia detection output (TDO). If the TDO is high, reconfirmation occurs. If the TDO is low, reconfirmation will not occur and the device will subsequently dump the discharge. Two reconfirmations must occur before a shock is delivered to the patient. If the TDO is low at either reconfirmation, the charge will be dumped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Norma L. Gilli, Lorraine Holley, Geoffrey A. Drane, Anthony C. Stephens, Christopher N. Daly, Steven M. Maas
  • Patent number: 5129405
    Abstract: A vein suture collar for anchoring an electrode lead to a vein in which the lead is inserted includes a sleeve member having three longitudinally spaced circumferential suture grooves in the exterior surface and a raised web area formed on the interior sleeve surface radially inward of each groove. The three raised web areas are angularly spaced about the sleeves axis and a longitudinal slit through the sleeve thickness can be provided. The slit collar can be separated at the slit and used to enclose the portion of the vein having the inserted electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Zoran Milijasevic, Sue Stewart
  • Patent number: 5016646
    Abstract: A body implantable electrode lead including a connector structure for enabling connection with an outermost conductor of the lead is disclosed. The implantable lead is of a multilayer configuration, being covered by an insulating biocompatible sheath. An annular section of the outer sheath is removed to expose a corresponding annular section of the outermost conductor of the lead. The exposed conductor section can be used as an electrode either directly or by attaching a conductive electrode ring via swaging, a conductive adhesive or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Telectronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Gerhard Gotthardt, Zoran Milijasevic, Akira Nakazawa, Michael Skalsky
  • Patent number: 4969461
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fusion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann
  • Patent number: 4969464
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fusion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann
  • Patent number: 4969460
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fusion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann
  • Patent number: 4969462
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fusion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann
  • Patent number: 4969467
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fashion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann
  • Patent number: 4966564
    Abstract: Electrical connection is established between the lead electrodes and the pacemaker terminals whereby a straight length of coil spring is placed within a hole transverse to the lead hole. A portion of the transverse hole intersects the lead hole so that a portion of coil spring extends transversely into the lead hole. The ends of the coil spring section are welded on opposite sides of the terminal. Electrical connection is made as the spring contacts the ring electrode on the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics, N.V.
    Inventor: Roger M. L. Foote
  • Patent number: 4960123
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for differentiating between arrhythmia and noise in an antiarrhythmia device. A noise detection criteria is applied to a detected signal so as to detect noise simultaneously at two different sensitivity levels. When noise is not detected on the high gain channel the low gain channel is used for detecting arrhythmias. Arrhythmia therapy is then delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventor: Philip J. Maker
  • Patent number: 4942876
    Abstract: A pacemaker terminal for connecting an electrode lead having a proximal end includes a first section fixed to the pacemaker and a second section moveably engaged with the first section. A spring element is interposed between the first and second sections to exert a force to displace the moveable section from the fixed section. Both sections have transverse holes which, upon application of squeezing pressure to the terminal to overcome the spring action, become aligned so as to allow insertion of the proximal end of the electrode lead. Thereafter, upon release of the pressure, the spring element displaces the sections so as to capture the electrode lead securely in the holes. The holes may be provided with an internal thread, such as an asymmetrial sawtooth pattern, to aid in holding the lead in place and maintaining electrical contact with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics, N.V.
    Inventor: Gerhard R. Gotthardt
  • Patent number: 4940054
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for tachyarrhythmia reversion uses multiple sensitivities programmed for automatic operation. A first (medium) sensitivity is used normally for the detection of sinus rhythm and ventricular tachycardia. A second (higher) sensitivity is designed for differentiating ventricular fibrillation from asystole. A third (lower) sensitivity can also be programmed into the device to differentiate between R-waves and high amplitude current of injury T-waves which may occur post shock. Following the delivery of antitachycardia therapy in the form of either antitachycardia pacing therapy or cardioversion shock therapy, there is a pause, or post therapy pacing delay for a period of time prior to the commencement of bradycardia support pacing. The magnitude of the delay period is substantially greater than the normal bradycardia support pacing standby interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Grevis, Norma L. Gilli
  • Patent number: 4938231
    Abstract: A patch-type defibrillator electrode for direct contact with the heart has a thin, flat, flexible generally circular mesh or foil conductive member with a pattern of slits for enabling continuous contact with the three dimensional, time-varying heart surface topography. The slit pattern includes two pairs of non-intersecting semicircular slits oriented along mutually perpendicular axes, and interior portions of the conductive member are flexibly movable in a direction normal to the plane member and are flexibly tiltable about the axes to provide the conforming contact. The slits may also be radial slits which do not meet at the center so the leaves of conductive members are independently mobile with respect to every other leaf. A Dacron envelope having a thrombus formation inhibiting agent surrounds the conductive member including the peripheral edges to reduce the risk of tissue burning from current supplied to the center of the conductive member by an electrode lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Zoran Milijasevic, Loraine K. Holley, Michael Skalsky
  • Patent number: 4903700
    Abstract: A pacemaker which generates a triphasic stimulus; the first and third phases are positive pulses, and the second is the negative stimulus. After-potentials are so low that reliable sensing of evoked signals are possible. The rapidity of the charge balancing is not affected by the stimulus amplitude because the relative amplitudes of the three phases are maintained independent of the stimulus amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Robert H. Whigham, Tibor A. Nappholz
  • Patent number: 4901725
    Abstract: A rate-responsive pacemaker whose rate control parameter is minute volume derived over a bipolar lead. An algorithm based on averaged samples and zero crossings provides enhanced accuracy. Sustained exercise at high pacing rates is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Tibor A. Nappholz, John R. Hamilton, James C. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4901726
    Abstract: A rate-responsive heart pacer in which rate-control parameter (RCP) values are arranged in a percentile ranking and mapped onto a percentile ranking of a desired rate distribution. By monitoring the RCP values over an extended time interval and developing a corresponding percentile ranking, the pacemaker automatically self-adapts to long-term changes in RCP measurements and insures that the desired rate distribution is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventor: James C. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4895152
    Abstract: A system is provided for cardiac pacing, in which the output levels of the electrical stimulus pulses are responsive to the detection or non-detection of cardiac pacer evoked potentials. A pulse generator is provided for emitting electrical stimulus pulses at variable output levels. A pulse to pulse interval and an evoked response sensing period are provided. At the beginning of the pulse to pulse interval, an electrical stimulus having a first output level is emitted. If no evoked response is sensed during the sensing period, then an electrical stimulus at a selected maximum output level is emitted and, thereafter, the next electrical stimulus pulse is emitted at a second output level that is greater than the first output level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Frank J. Callaghan, Edward A. Schroeppel
  • Patent number: 4895151
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for treating tachyarrhythmias wherein the presence of a patient tachyarrhythmia is detected and a first antitachyarrhythmia therapy (antitachycardia pacing) is given at a first energy level. The haemodynamic condition of the patient is measured and a length of time to therapy switchover is continually derived during the application of the first antitachyarrhythmia therapy. The length of time to switchover is a function of the haemodynamic condition of the patient. When the time following detection of the patient tachyarrhythmia exceeds the length of time to switchover, a second antitachyarrhythmia therapy (a high energy shock) at a second energy level is provided. The average cardiac cycle length may be used as an indicator of the haemodynamic condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Grevis, Loraine Holley
  • Patent number: 4878497
    Abstract: A pacemaker which is provided with an improved automatic regulation circuit which is capable of distinguishing between a fusion beat and loss of capture. The failure to sense an evoked potential following a stimulus may be due to either. The cause is determined by generating a high-energy back-up pulse shortly after the stimulus. Failure to capture by the back-up pulse is an indication that there was just a fusion beat; the sensing of an evoked potential is an indication that the stimulus failed to capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Telectronics N.V.
    Inventors: Francis J. Callaghan, William Vollmann