Patents Examined by Mark Bockelman
  • Patent number: 10751455
    Abstract: A method of controlling an implantable blood pump of a living patient. The method includes receiving one or more pump signals indicating at least one from the group consisting of a motor speed of the blood pump, power supplied to the blood pump, and differential pressure exerted by the blood pump. One or more medication signals is received indicating whether the patient has taken a medication. The flow rate of blood based on a combination of the one or more pump signals and the medication signals is determined. At least one from the group consisting of increasing and decreasing power is supplied to the pump in response to the determined flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HeartWare, Inc.
    Inventor: John Rudser
  • Patent number: 10743844
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging apparatus (20) is disclosed, comprising a data interface (30) configured to receive a plurality of different ultrasound data sets (26, 28) resulting from an ultrasound scan of an object (18) in different viewing directions. The ultrasound imaging apparatus further comprises a segmentation unit (32) for segmenting anatomical structures of the object in the different ultrasound data sets and for providing segmentation data of the anatomical structures, and a reference determining unit (34) for determining a spatial reference (48, 50, 52, 54) for the different ultrasound data sets on the basis of the segmentation data. A confidence determining unit (40) is included for determining confidence values (56) for different regions of the received ultrasound data on the basis of the spatial reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Roberto Jose Ardon, Remi Nicolas Thierry Cuingnet, Jean-Michel Rouet
  • Patent number: 10737005
    Abstract: A catheter pump is disclosed. The catheter pump can include an impeller and a catheter body having a lumen therethrough. The catheter pump can also include a drive shaft disposed inside the catheter body. A motor assembly can include a chamber. The motor assembly can include a rotor disposed in the at least a portion of the chamber, the rotor mechanically coupled with a proximal portion of the drive shaft such that rotation of the rotor causes the drive shaft to rotate. The motor assembly can also comprise a stator assembly disposed about the rotor. The motor assembly can also include a heat exchanger disposed about the stator assembly, the heat exchanger may be configured to direct heat radially outward away from the stator assembly, the rotor, and the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: Adam R. Tanner, Michael R. Butler, Todd Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10729833
    Abstract: The present invention provides an intravascular blood pump comprising a housing that is at least partially expandable and collapsible and having an impeller with one or more blades attached thereto. The housing having spanning sections that are aligned with the blade(s) and adapted to collapse into recesses or spaces defined or provided between or along the blade(s) and along the central rotor to which the blade(s)s are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10729902
    Abstract: An intraseptal multi-electrode cardiac pacemaker has a plurality of first individual electrodes implanted at an interventricular septum at varying depths and/or lateral distances from the distal end of a flexible conduit and configured to provide a cardiac pacing therapy by stimulating left bundle branch conduction fibers. A plurality of second individual electrodes may also be implanted in the septum at suitable depths to stimulate conduction fibers of the right bundle branch. After implantation, first and second individual electrodes are interrogated to select a subset of electrodes suitable to deliver the pacing therapy according to a predetermined criterion such as capturing the left ventricle or capturing the right ventricle via normal conduction system of the heart at the lowest voltage level via corresponding bundle branches. A combination of the pacemaker with a cardioverter/defibrillator is provided by positioning a defibrillator coil near the distal end of the flexible conduit of the pacemaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle Point Medical LLC
    Inventors: Leonid Makharinsky, Daniel Lev Makharinsky
  • Patent number: 10729911
    Abstract: A method for programming a neurostimulator includes automatically performing a series of steps. One or more control elements may be actuated to select the series of steps from a plurality of series of steps stored in a memory of an external control device. One or more control elements may be actuated during the performance of the series of steps in order to cause one of the steps to pause, stop, restart, skip, or repeat. The series of steps may be a series of pre-programming steps, and the method may further include programming the neurostimulator after the series of pre-programming steps is performed. An external device for programming the neurostimulator includes control circuitry configured for automatically performing the series of steps, and a user interface including the one or more control elements configured for being actuated. The control device also includes the memory for storing the plurality of series of steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anita Yip, Prakash Rao, Dennis Zottola
  • Patent number: 10722631
    Abstract: Devices for moving blood within a patient, and methods of doing so. The devices can include a pump portion that includes an impeller and a housing around the impeller, as well as a fluid lumen. The impeller can be activated to cause rotation of the impeller and thereby move fluid within the fluid lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Tom Saul, Brady Esch, Anna Kerlo, Daniel Hildebrand, Daniel Varghai
  • Patent number: 10716942
    Abstract: Method and systems for determining a set of stimulation parameters for an implantable stimulation device include performing the following steps or actions: receiving a stimulation target; determining a target stimulation field based on the stimulation target; receiving a weighting for a plurality of spatial regions defined relative to a lead including a plurality of electrodes, where a weighting for at least one of the spatial regions is different from a weighting for another one of the spatial regions; and determining, using the weightings for the plurality of spatial regions, a set of stimulation parameters to produce a generated stimulation field that approximates the target stimulation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Tianhe Zhang
  • Patent number: 10716479
    Abstract: The invention provides a signal synchronization device, which obtains electrocardiographic, heart sound signal calibration factors by performing time domain and frequency domain transformations for an electrocardiographic signal and a heart sound signal, and thereby performs calibration for the electrocardiographic signal and the heart sound signal to synchronize the electrocardiographic signal and the heart sound signal in time domain, such that a diagnosis rate for cardiovascular disease is increased. Moreover, the invention further provides a stethoscope with signal synchronization processing, an auscultation information output system and a symptom diagnosis system capable of signal synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shuenn-Yuh Lee, Ju-Yi Chen, Yu-Jin Lin, Peng-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10709338
    Abstract: A useful information presentation device includes a facial skin temperature acquisition unit and/or a blood circulation volume acquisition unit, a brain activity estimation unit, and a useful information presentation unit. The facial skin temperature acquisition unit acquires facial skin temperature data in time-series. The blood circulation volume acquisition unit acquires photographic image data by imaging the facial surface in time-series. The brain activity estimation unit decomposes the facial skin temperature data and/or the facial blood circulation volume data into a plurality of components by singular value decomposition, principal component analysis, or independent component analysis, and the brain activity estimation unit estimating brain activity of the subject based on the plurality of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Daikin Industries, Ltd., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Junichiro Arai, Takashi Gotou, Makoto Iwakame, Kenichi Hino, Tomoya Hirano, Yasunori Kotani, Yoshimi Ohgami, Taro Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 10709343
    Abstract: A computer-based system for monitoring the heart muscle function of a patient, with contextual oversight, includes a sensor array for collecting physiological and environmental data that are pertinent to the patient. A context register is also included which contains periodically updated patient-specific data that establishes a relevant contextual oversight capability for the system. In operation, a computer identifies anomalies in the physical data and detects aberrations in the environmental data. These anomalies and aberrations are then interactively evaluated together, relative to the contextual oversight capability, to determine whether clinical intervention for the patient is warranted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: National Cardiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. DiPerna, Freeman H. Rose, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10707836
    Abstract: A signal processing arrangement generates electrical stimulation signals to electrode contacts in an implanted cochlear implant array. An input sound signal is processed to generate band pass signals that each represent an associated band of audio frequencies. A spectrogram representative of frequency spectrum present in the input sound signal is generated. A characteristic envelope signal is produced for each band pass signal based on its amplitude. An active contour model is applied to estimate dominant frequencies present in the spectrogram, and the estimate is used to generate stimulation timing signals for the input sound signal. The electrode stimulation signals are produced for each electrode contact based on the envelope signals and the stimulation timing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Frühauf
  • Patent number: 10695137
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to various medical device components, including components that can be incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various actuation system embodiments, including fluid actuation systems, drive train actuation systems, and motorless actuation systems. Additional embodiments include a reversibly lockable tube that can provide access for a medical device to a patient's cavity and further provides a reversible rigidity or stability during operation of the device. Further embodiments include various operational components for medical devices, including medical device arm mechanisms that have both axial and rotational movement while maintaining a relatively compact structure. medical device winch components, medical device biopsy/stapler/clamp mechanisms, and medical device adjustable focus mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Mark Rentschler, Amy Lehman, Stephen Platt, Jeff Hawks
  • Patent number: 10695558
    Abstract: A device and method for providing cardiac pacing of triangle of Koch and bundle of His zones by multiple electrodes inserted using in a single conduit are provided. The method includes providing a single conduit with multiple electrodes, positioning electrodes in the target zone of a heart, selecting acceptable electrodes as active based on a predetermined criteria and providing cardiac stimulation for multiple chambers of the heart from a single location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle Point Medical LLC
    Inventor: Leonid Makharinsky
  • Patent number: 10695555
    Abstract: A method produces a device adapted to be implanted into the human body for purposes such as neural stimulation, sensing or the like. The method includes: providing a stretchable layer or membrane of an insulating material; forming on the layer or membrane at least one stretchable conductive path; depositing at least one small bolus of a soft and conductive paste or material onto pre-defined areas or portions of the at least one conductive path, and inserting a first end portion of a conductive element 71 into the at least one bolus of soft conductive paste or material. A second end portion of the conductive element opposite to the first end portion is not inserted into the at least one bolus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Ivan Rusev Minev, Arthur Hirsch, Pavel Musienko, Grégoire Courtine, Stephanie P. Lacour
  • Patent number: 10682449
    Abstract: A disclosed apparatus or method can include or use a non-transluminally implantantable blood pump housing, which can be sized and shaped to be implanted at an aortic valve of a human subject, the pump housing can include: a pump housing cross-sectional profile size that is larger than is passable via a blood vessel of the human subject; and a power connection, configured for being electrically connected to an intravascular lead that is sized and shaped to extend from the pump housing through a subclavian artery of the human subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Ares K. Menon, Peter Nüsser
  • Patent number: 10674911
    Abstract: An ambulatory medical device is provided. The ambulatory medical device includes at least one sensor configured to acquire physiological data of a patient, at least one network interface and at least one processor coupled to the at least one sensor and the at least one network interface. The at least one processor is configured to detect, via the at least one network interface, a medical device, to establish a secure communication session with the medical device via the at least one network interface, to detect a data capacity of the secure communication session, to identify a category of patient data associated with the data capacity, and to transmit patient data of the category to the medical device via the secure communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Suzanne Crowell, Shane S. Volpe
  • Patent number: 10668270
    Abstract: Implantable leadless cardiac pacing systems and methods for providing substernal pacing using the leadless cardiac pacing systems are described. In one embodiment, an implantable leadless cardiac pacing system includes a housing, a first electrode on the housing, a second electrode on the housing, and a pulse generator within the housing and electrically coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode. The housing is implanted substantially within an anterior mediastinum of a patient and the pulse generator is configured to deliver pacing pulses to a heart of the patient via a therapy vector formed between the first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy E. Thompson-Nauman, Melissa G. T. Christie, Paul J. DeGroot, Rick D. McVenes
  • Patent number: 10646644
    Abstract: Described is a low voltage, pulsed electrical stimulation device for controlling expression of, for example, follistatin, a muscle formation promotion protein, by tissues. Epicardial stimulation is especially useful for heart treatment. Follistatin controlled release is also useful for treating other ailments, such as erectile dysfunction, aortic aneurysm, and failing heart valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CalXStars Business Accelerator, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard J. Leonhardt, Jorge Genovese
  • Patent number: 10646715
    Abstract: The vagus nerve and branches of the vagus nerve are stimulated below the laryngeal nerve branch bifurcation in order to induce desired parasympathetic responses, such as decreased heart rate, without also triggering any adverse sympathetic responses. Stimulating surfaces of an open field bipolar electrode are positioned on or inserted through the pleural membrane overlying the vagus nerve at a location having substantially no cardiac sympathetic fibers adjacent to the vagus nerve. The open field bipolar electrodes can be securable-wire, needle, plate, or any other type of electrode suitable for being secured to the pleural membrane using one or more fastening mechanisms. Electrical stimuli are generated by a stimulator connected to the stimulating surfaces of the open field bipolar electrode by one or more leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: James Walter, Donald Thomas, Scott Sayers, Sanjay Singh, Raymond Dieter