Patents by Inventor Robert S. Schwartz

Robert S. Schwartz 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).

  • Publication number: 20200046248
    Abstract: A catheter system for controlled sympathectomy procedures is disclosed. A catheter system for controlled micro ablation procedures is disclosed. Methods for performing a controlled surgical procedure are disclosed. A system for performing controlled surgical procedures in a minimally invasive manner is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190358437
    Abstract: MVO is treated by introducing injectate into blood vessels affected by MVO at precise flow rates, while blocking retrograde flow, such that the natural pumping of the heart aids in forcing the injectate into the affected microvessels. Monitoring pressure distal of an occlusion balloon is used to determine treatment effectiveness and heart health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: CorFlow Therapeutics AG
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Martin T. Rothman, Jon H. Hoem
  • Patent number: 10485658
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling blood pressure via electrical stimulation of the heart are disclosed. Embodiments may include at least two different stimulation patterns, each configured to reduce blood pressure to a different degree, and may alternate between stimulation patterns based on the need of a patient, for example, alternating between day and night or between periods of strenuous and light activity. Some embodiments may take advantage of a slow baroreflex response that occurs after treatment is stopped, suspending treatment for extended periods, and then resuming treatment before blood pressure levels reach pretreatment values. Embodiments may control blood pressure by controlling atrial pressure and atrial stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BackBeat Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Mika, Darren Sherman, Robert S. Schwartz, Robert A. Van Tassel, Daniel Burkhoff
  • Publication number: 20190313774
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin layer is gently pulled in a non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin layer into the bone layer to effect a “skin tightening” procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Zift Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Philip Jon Haarstad, Eric J. Simso, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Patent number: 10441794
    Abstract: Methods and devices for reducing ventricle filling volume are disclosed. In some embodiments, an electrical stimulator may be used to stimulate a patient's heart to reduce ventricle filling volume or even blood pressure. When the heart is stimulated in a consistent way to reduce blood pressure, the cardiovascular system may over time adapt to the stimulation and revert back to the higher blood pressure. In some embodiments, the stimulation pattern may be configured to be inconsistent such that the adaptation response of the heart is reduced or even prevented. In some embodiments, an electrical stimulator may be used to stimulate a patient's heart to cause at least a portion of an atrial contraction to occur while the atrioventricular valve is closed. Such an atrial contraction may deposit less blood into the corresponding ventricle than when the atrioventricular valve is opened throughout an atrial contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BackBeat Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Mika, Darren Sherman, Robert S. Schwartz, Robert A. Van Tassel, Daniel Burkhoff
  • Publication number: 20190290208
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining monitoring data recorded by first and second devices, the first and second devices being attached to the subject at different first and second sties, respectively. The monitoring data comprises signals associated with at least one physiological parameter of the subject. The method also includes extracting one or more features of the signals recorded by the first and second devices during a transitionary period when the first and second devices simultaneously monitor the at least one physiological parameter of the subject. The method further includes generating at least one correlation parameter by analyzing the extracted features of the signals recorded by the first and second devices for at least a portion of the transitionary period, the at least one correlation parameter when applied to signals recorded by the second device at least partially compensating for relative changes in signals recorded by the first and second devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190275248
    Abstract: Devices for the diagnosis and treatment of microvascular obstruction (MVO) and other dysfunctional diseases of the microvasculature of many organs, including the heart. The present subject matter provides novel devices and methods to detect and measure or treat MVO in real time during scenarios such as invasive angiographic/therapeutic procedures. Such procedures include therapy for organ systems including the heart (acute myocardial infarction-primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI)), brain stroke (CVA), bowel ischemia/infarction, pulmonary emboli/infarction, critical limb ischemia/infarction, renal ischemia/infarction, and others. Using methods of the invention, a system comprising specialized infusion and sensing catheter, diagnostic agents, therapeutic agents, and control console with specialized algorithms can both diagnose and treat MVO by eliminating the microvascular clot and debris causing the obstruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Jon Helge Hoem, Martin T. Rothman
  • Publication number: 20190269927
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling blood pressure by controlling atrial pressure and atrial stretch are disclosed. In some embodiments, a stimulation circuit may be configured to deliver a stimulation pulse to at least one cardiac chamber of a heart of a patient, and at least one controller may be configured to execute delivery of one or more stimulation patterns of stimulation pulses to the at least one cardiac chamber, wherein at least one of the stimulation pulses stimulates the heart such that an atrial pressure resulting from atrial contraction of an atrium overlaps in time a passive pressure build-up of the atrium, such that an atrial pressure of the atrium resulting from the stimulation is a combination of the atrial pressure resulting from atrial contraction and the passive pressure build-up and is higher than an atrial pressure of the atrium would be without the stimulation, and such that the blood pressure of the patient is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yuval Mika, Darren Sherman, Robert S. Schwartz, Robert A. Van Tassel, Daniel Burkhoff
  • Publication number: 20190255334
    Abstract: A method that electrically stimulates a heart muscle to alter the ejection profile of the heart, to control the mechanical function of the heart and reduce the observed blood pressure of the patient. The therapy may be invoked by an implantable blood pressure sensor associated with a pacemaker like device. In some cases, where a measured pretreatment blood pressure exceeds a treatment threshold, a patient's heart may be stimulated with an electrical stimulus timed relative to the patient's cardiac ejection cycle. This is done to cause dyssynchrony between at least two cardiac chambers or within a cardiac chamber, which alters the patient's cardiac ejection profile from a pretreatment cardiac ejection profile. This has the effect of reducing the patient's blood pressure from the measured pretreatment blood pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Robert A. Van Tassel
  • Publication number: 20190240012
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for improving the function of a defective heart valve, and particularly for reducing regurgitation through an atrioventricular heart valve—i.e., the mitral valve and the tricuspid valve. For a tricuspid repair, the device includes an anchor deployed in the tissue of the right ventricle, in an orifice opening to the right atrium, or anchored to the tricuspid valve. A flexible anchor rail connects to the anchor and a coaptation element on a catheter rides over the anchor rail. The catheter attaches to the proximal end of the coaptation element, and a locking mechanism fixes the position of the coaptation element relative to the anchor rail. Finally, there is a proximal anchoring feature to fix the proximal end of the coaptation catheter subcutaneously adjacent the subclavian vein. The coaptation element includes an inert covering and helps reduce regurgitation through contact with the valve leaflets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Robert S. Schwartz, Robert Van Tassel, Vivian Khalil, Erin M. Spinner, Neil S. Zimmerman, Alexander J. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10363359
    Abstract: A system for controlled neuromodulation procedures is disclosed. A system for controlled micro ablation procedures is disclosed. Systems and methods for imaging, monitoring, stimulating, and/or ablating neurological structures coupled to one or more organs of the lower urinary tract (LUT) are disclosed. Such processes may be used to alter the hormonal secretions from one or more organs, to modulate the growth of an organ, alter the growth rate or rate of perineural invasion of a tumor, or the like. In particular such processes may be used to slow, halt and/or reverse the growth of a prostate gland or a prostate tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AUTONOMIX MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190201183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching tissue to bone in a shifted position without requiring surgical detachment of muscle or connective tissue joining the tissue layer to the bone layer. The skin and/or soft tissue layer is displaced in a surgical or non-surgical manner and a fastener of the invention is driven through the skin and/or soft tissue layer into the periosteum or bone layer to affect a tissue repositioning procedure. The method and apparatus may also be used to attach tissue to tissue an a shifted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Zift, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Robert A. Van Tassel, Ralph Schneider, Ming Wu, David John Blaeser, Eric J. Simso, Philip Jon Haarstad, Douglas Jay Krone, Brian Zelickson, Robert A. Ganz, Matt Blaeser, Matt Keillor
  • Publication number: 20190200890
    Abstract: A method includes forming a film, forming a first pattern of two or more vias at least partially through the film, attaching the film to a first support structure, the first support structure comprising an adhesive layer formed over a first carrier, wherein attaching the film to the first support structure comprises bonding a first surface of the film to the adhesive layer of the first support structure, wherein the film is stretchable in at least a first direction along the first surface, and wherein the first carrier maintains the first pattern of vias within a given threshold distortion following a given process conducted after attaching the film to the first support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: LifeLens Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10315016
    Abstract: Microvascular obstruction is treated by introducing injectate into blood vessels affected by microvascular obstruction at precise flow rates, while blocking retrograde flow, such that the natural pumping of the heart aids in forcing the injectate into the affected microvessels. Monitoring pressure distal of an occlusion balloon is used to determine treatment effectiveness and heart health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CorFlow Therapeutics AG
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Martin T. Rothman, Jon H. Hoem
  • Publication number: 20190167242
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and methods for closing a left atrial appendage (LAA) that use an expandable disk having a deployment anchor and a plurality of peripheral hooks. The LAA closure devices are configured to expand to a diameter that is larger than a diameter of the LAA ostium. The deployment anchor attaches the disk to the tissue of the LAA that is everted or invaginated. The expandable disk causes the everted or invaginated LAA to expand and flatten within the left atrium of the heart. The peripheral hooks pierce the tissue of the LAA and engage the left atrial wall to close the LAA predominantly with its own tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190159693
    Abstract: A direct-implantable electrocardiographic (ECG) probe device includes a biocompatible housing, a battery disposed within the housing, one or more electrodes including an ECG electrode configured to sense an electrical signal in tissue of an atrium of a heart, circuitry disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to generate an ECG signal and wirelessly transmit the ECG signal through a chest wall, and an attachment structure configured to facilitate the attachment of the ECG probe device to a surface of the atrium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Robert S. Schwartz, Stanton J. Rowe, Gregory Bak-Boychuk
  • Publication number: 20190151524
    Abstract: A method of restraining expansion of an atrium of a heart involves accessing a heart of a patient, applying a coating over at least a portion of a surface of an atrium of the heart, and at least partially curing the coating to increase the rigidity thereof. Atrial fibrillation prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190143021
    Abstract: An organ restraint device includes a first end portion including a fluid inlet channel, a second end portion including a fluid outlet channel, a medial body portion coupled between the first end portion and the second end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Gregory Bak-Boychuk, Juan Valencia, Robert S. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190134396
    Abstract: A method includes receiving monitoring data from at least one sensing device coupled to a subject and analyzing the monitoring data to identify one or more physiologic parameters of the subject. The method also includes providing signaling to at least one stimulating device in response to the identified physiologic parameters, the signaling comprising instructions to apply a stimulus to the subject. The method further includes receiving additional monitoring data from the at least one sensing device, analyzing the additional monitoring data to identify one or more changes in the one or more physiologic parameters of the subject after application of the stimulus to the subject, and providing additional signaling to the at least one stimulating device, the additional signaling comprising instructions to modify the stimulus applied to the subject based on the identified changes in the one or more physiologic parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert S. Schwartz, Beth Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10252061
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling blood pressure by controlling atrial pressure and atrial stretch are disclosed. In some embodiments, a stimulation circuit may be configured to deliver a stimulation pulse to at least one cardiac chamber of a heart of a patient, and at least one controller may be configured to execute delivery of one or more stimulation patterns of stimulation pulses to the at least one cardiac chamber, wherein at least one of the stimulation pulses stimulates the heart such that an atrial pressure resulting from atrial contraction of an atrium overlaps in time a passive pressure build-up of the atrium, such that an atrial pressure of the atrium resulting from the stimulation is a combination of the atrial pressure resulting from atrial contraction and the passive pressure build-up and is higher than an atrial pressure of the atrium would be without the stimulation, and such that the blood pressure of the patient is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BackBeat Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuval Mika, Darren Sherman, Robert S. Schwartz, Robert A. Van Tassel, Daniel Burkhoff