Patents by Inventor Brian M. Mann

Brian M. Mann has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9918677
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to systems and methods for optimizing the performance and minimizing complications related to implanted sensors, such as pressure sensors, for the purposes of detecting, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient. Systems and methods for anchoring implanted sensors to various body structures is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Publication number: 20160129260
    Abstract: A method of treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient is provided. The method includes the steps of generating a sensor signal indicative of a fluid pressure within the left atrium of the patient's heart, and delivering an electrical stimulus to a location in the heart. The electrical stimulus is delivered based at least in part on the sensor signal. The method also includes the steps of generating a processor output indicative of a treatment to a signaling device. The processor output is based at least in part on the sensor signal. At least two treatment signals are provided to the medical patient. The treatment signals are distinguishable from one another by the patient, and are indicative of a therapeutic treatment. The treatment signals are based at least in part on the processor output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler
  • Publication number: 20160007924
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to systems and methods for optimizing the performance and minimizing complications related to implanted sensors, such as pressure sensors, for the purposes of detecting, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient. Systems and methods for anchoring implanted sensors to various body structures is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 9060696
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to systems and methods for optimizing the performance and minimizing complications related to implanted sensors, such as pressure sensors, for the purposes of detecting, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient. Systems and methods for anchoring implanted sensors to various body structures is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 8303511
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to systems and methods for optimizing the performance and minimizing complications related to implanted sensors, such as pressure sensors, for the purposes of detecting, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient. Systems and methods for anchoring implanted sensors to various body structures are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 8235916
    Abstract: A method for accessing a target site in the body by transferring a guidewire from an initial insertion site on the body to a different insertion site on the body is provided. In one aspect, a method for transferring a medical device or component, such as a sensor lead, from an initial insertion site to another insertion site is also provided. A guidewire of sufficient length, pliancy and deformability to perform a transfer from one insertion site to another insertion site is provided. In one aspect, the guidewire comprises a removable core mandrel to increase rigidity, facilitate insertion and/or improve steerability. A kit or system, comprising introducers, guidewires and catheters for performing a guidewire or device transfer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Publication number: 20120190991
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for detecting a clinically-significant pulmonary fluid accumulation within a patient using a pacemaker or other implantable medical device. Briefly, the device detects left atrial pressure (LAP) within the patient and tracks changes in the LAP values over time that are indicative of possible pulmonary fluid accumulation within the patient. The device determines whether the changes in LAP values are sufficiently elevated and prolonged to warrant clinical intervention using, e.g., a predictor model-based technique. If the fluid accumulation is clinically significant, the device then generates warning signals, records diagnostics, controls therapy and/or titrates diuretics. False positive detections of pulmonary edema due to transients in LAP are avoided with this technique. Pulmonary artery pressure (PAP)-based techniques are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Gene A. Bornzin, Steve Koh, James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann
  • Patent number: 8142363
    Abstract: Embodiments include a cardiac rhythm management system having a lead that includes an omni-directional pressure sensor that is configured to resist tissue in-growth and provide reliable and consistent pressure readings from within a patient's vasculature. Embodiments of the cardiac rhythm management lead may also include a variety of pacing and shocking electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, James S. Whiting, Brian M. Mann, Werner Hafelfinger, Xiangqun Chen, Phong D. Doan
  • Publication number: 20120046528
    Abstract: A system for detecting and treating congestive heart failure includes an implantable module, such as a pacemaker, and a patient advisory module. The system is configured to measure thoracic impedance and to provide the patient with instructions in order to improve the accuracy of the thoracic impedance measurement as well as treating symptoms of congestive heart failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, James S. Whiting, Brian M. Mann
  • Publication number: 20120041422
    Abstract: A method for accessing a target site in the body by transferring a guidewire from an initial insertion site on the body to a different insertion site on the body is provided. In one aspect, a method for transferring a medical device or component, such as a sensor lead, from an initial insertion site to another insertion site is also provided. A guidewire of sufficient length, pliancy and deformability to perform a transfer from one insertion site to another insertion site is provided. In one aspect, the guidewire comprises a removable core mandrel to increase rigidity, facilitate insertion and/or improve steerability. A kit or system, comprising introducers, guidewires and catheters for performing a guidewire or device transfer is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Publication number: 20120035590
    Abstract: A method for accessing a target site in the body by transferring a guidewire from an initial insertion site on the body to a different insertion site on the body is provided. In one aspect, a method for transferring a medical device or component, such as a sensor lead, from an initial insertion site to another insertion site is also provided. A guidewire of sufficient length, pliancy and deformability to perform a transfer from one insertion site to another insertion site is provided. In one aspect, the guidewire comprises a removable core mandrel to increase rigidity, facilitate insertion and/or improve steerability. A kit or system, comprising introducers, guidewires and catheters for performing a guidewire or device transfer is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 7509169
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to systems and methods for optimizing the performance and minimizing complications related to implanted sensors, such as pressure sensors, for the purposes of detecting, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease in a medical patient. Systems and methods for anchoring implanted sensors to various body structures is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, James S. Whiting, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 7402899
    Abstract: A device and method for hermetically sealing a medical device is provided. In one aspect, a silicon device is coupled to a sensor, such as a pressure transducer, which benefits from having direct contact with its environment, which in many cases, is the human body. Thus, a method to hermetically seal the non-sensing portion of a silicon device while allowing the sensing portion (e.g. the pressure transducer) to have direct contact with the body is provided. In one aspect, a silicon chip, a gold preform and a metallic housing are each primed for sealing and are assembled. The assembly is then heated to react the gold preform to the silicon chip and to form a molten gold-silicon alloy in-situ to bind the metallic housing to the non-sensing portion of the silicon chip. In this way, the non-sensing portion of the silicon chip is hermetically sealed and protected from exposure, while still permitting exposure of the sensing portion to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Whiting, Neal L. Eigler, Brian M. Mann, Werner Hafelfinger
  • Patent number: 7233827
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac stimulation device applies pacing stimulation pulses to a heart and senses evoked responses to the pacing stimulation pulses. A pulse generator applies the stimulation pacing pulses to the heart in accordance with a pacing configuration. A sensor control selects an evoked response sensing electrode configuration from among a plurality of evoked response sensing electrode configurations in response to the pacing configuration. A sensor is then programmed to sense the evoked responses with the selected evoked response sensing electrode configuration. In accordance with a preferred embodiment, signal-to-noise ratios obtained with the various electrode configurations are used to select a best electrode configuration for sensing evoked responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene A. Bornzin, Joseph J. Florio, Laurence S. Sloman, Brian M. Mann, Jason A. Sholder
  • Patent number: 6842643
    Abstract: An external programmer is provided with the capability of automatically resetting the programming state of an implantable medical device to a previous programming state. To this end, the pacemaker maintains parameters representative of current and past programming states. In response to a physician-initiated reset function using an external programmer, the pacemaker transfers information pertaining to the programming states to the external programmer along with a pointer identifying the current state. The physician selects one of the previous programming states and the external programmer then updates the pointer to identify the selected state and transmits the pointer back to the pacemaker. The pacemaker accesses the programming parameters stored therein corresponding to the programming state identified by the new pointer and is reprogrammed. Accordingly, the programming state of the pacemaker is reset to the previous programming state without requiring manual reentry of the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan R. Schwartz, David W. Adinolfi, Hakan Hornell, Kelly H. McClure, Brian M. Mann
  • Patent number: 6782291
    Abstract: An implantable cardiac stimulation device applies pacing stimulation pulses to a heart and senses evoked responses to the pacing stimulation pulses. A pulse generator applies the stimulation pacing pulses to the heart in accordance with a pacing configuration. A sensor control selects an evoked response sensing electrode configuration from among a plurality of evoked response sensing electrode configurations in response to the pacing configuration. A sensor is then programmed to sense the evoked responses with the selected evoked response sensing electrode configuration. In accordance with a preferred embodiment, signal-to-noise ratios obtained with the various electrode configurations are used to select a best electrode configuration for sensing evoked responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gene A. Bornzin, Joseph J. Florio, Laurence S. Sloman, Brian M. Mann, Jason A. Sholder
  • Patent number: 6687544
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying and displaying safety alert advisories. The system of the present invention automatically performs a comparison of identification data with a safety alert advisory. The system stores identification data in a plurality of dedicated fields. Each of the dedicated fields contains information related to the patient. Upon the telemetric retrieval of the data by an external programmer, the external programmer automatically cross-correlates the data in the dedicated fields with the safety alert advisories. Upon identification of a match between the data and one of the safety alert advisories, the identified safety alert advisory is displayed to a medical practitioner. In addition, the system provides a dedicated memory to store an advisory flag. The advisory flag is marked when the programmer identifies a safety alert condition that is relevant to one of the dedicated fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Levine, Bruce L. Wilkoff, Brian M. Mann, Allan R. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6618622
    Abstract: A pacemaker programmer and diagnostic system retrieves information stored within a pacemaker and analyzes the retrieved data in real time. The stored information can be retrieved by means of a telemetry communication link. The pacemaker automatically lengthens an AV delay. The pacemaker determines atrial capture by generating atrial stimulation pulses while maintaining the ventricular stimulation pulse amplitude at a level known to ensure ventricular capture, and by detecting loss of atrial capture. In response to the loss of atrial capture, a processor automatically records the atrial capture threshold, and restores the AV delay to its pre-test value. The pulse generator also delivers a backup atrial stimulation pulse concurrent with a ventricular stimulation pulse to reduce the possibility of a retrograde P-wave initiating a pacemaker-mediated tachycardia (PMT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Mann, Melinda Endaya, Paul A. Levine
  • Patent number: 6584354
    Abstract: A pacemaker programmer and diagnostic system retrieves information stored within a pacemaker and analyzes the retrieved data in real time. The stored information can be retrieved by means of a telemetry communication link. The pacemaker automatically lengthens a post-ventricular atrial refractory period (PVARP). The pacemaker determines atrial capture threshold by generating atrial stimulation pulses while maintaining the ventricular stimulation pulse amplitude at a level known to ensure ventricular capture, and by detecting loss of atrial capture. In response to loss of atrial capture, a processor automatically triggers a premature ventricular contraction (PVC) response to prevent a retrograde P-wave from initiating a pacemaker-mediated tachycardia. Also in response to loss of atrial capture, the processor sets the atrial stimulation pulse amplitude to a value above the atrial capture threshold in a subsequent cardiac cycle, and restores the PVARP to its pre-test value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Mann, Melinda Endaya, Paul A. Levine
  • Patent number: 6327501
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying and displaying safety alert advisories. The system automatically performs a comparison of identification data with a safety alert advisory. The system stores identification data in a plurality of dedicated fields. Each of dedicated fields contains information related to the patient. Upon the telemetric retrieval of the data by an external programmer, the external programmer automatically cross-correlates the data in the dedicated fields with the safety alert advisories. Upon identification of a match between the data and one of the safety alert advisories, the identified safety alert advisory is displayed to a medical practitioner. In addition, the system provides a dedicated memory to store an advisory flag. The advisory flag is marked when the programmer identifies a safety alert condition that is relevant to one of the dedicated fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Levine, Bruce L. Wilkoff, Brian M. Mann, Allan R. Schwartz