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Patent Issued for Systems and Methods for Sensing Vector Selection in an Implantable Medical Device

August 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cardiovascular Week -- From Alexandria, Virginia, NewsRx journalists report that a patent by the inventors Sanghera, Rick (Fullerton, CA); Allavatam, Venugopal (Oceanside, CA), filed on May 26, 2006, was published online on July 22, 2014 (see also Cameron Health, Inc.).

The patent's assignee for patent number 8788023 is Cameron Health, Inc. (St. Paul, MN).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Implantable cardiac stimulus devices often include circuitry for detection of electrical cardiac activity to observe a patient's cardiac function. Methods of and devices adapted for identifying and/or selecting favorable sensing vectors are desired."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The present invention, in a first illustrative embodiment, includes a method of analyzing available sensing vectors to select a suitable sensing vector for use in cardiac event detection. The illustrative method attempts to select a sensing vector without a need for operator input by analyzing one or more sensing vectors to determine if a suitable sensing vector is available. If the analysis is inconclusive, the method may include requesting input from an operator to resolve apparent ambiguities in one or more sensed signals. Another illustrative embodiment includes an implantable cardiac stimulus device adapted to perform the method of, or methods similar to, the first illustrative embodiment. Yet another illustrative embodiment includes an external programmer for use with an implantable cardiac stimulus device, wherein the external programmer is adapted to perform the method of, or methods similar to, the first illustrative embodiment.

"An illustrative embodiment also includes a method of sensing vector analysis in an implantable cardiac stimulus device that includes observing whether a first vector is suitable, within a given set of threshold conditions, for cardiac event detection and, if so, selecting the first vector for use in detection without considering additional vectors. If not, one or more additional vectors may be analyzed as well. If none of the analyzed sensing vectors meet the threshold conditions, the best available vector may be selected.

"Another illustrative embodiment includes a detailed method of analyzing a sensing vector. The detailed illustrative method may include characterizing detected events as QRS events, artifacts, or unidentifiable. If sufficient detected events are characterized as QRS events, the sensing vector used to capture the detected events may be assessed for the quality of signal it receives. Otherwise, additional analysis of the unidentifiable events may seek to further categorize these events to allow assessment of the quality of signal captured by the sensing vector.

"Yet another illustrative embodiment includes a method of cardiac signal analysis in an implantable cardiac stimulus system having a plurality of sensing electrodes and operational circuitry coupled thereto. The illustrative method is performed by operational circuitry executing vectoring instructions relative to a first sensing vector. In the illustrative method, the vectoring instructions cause the operational circuitry to return one of: a score indicating the quality of a signal captured along the first sensing vector; at least two possible scores indicating the quality of the signal captured along the first sensing vector wherein operator input is needed to determine which possible score is correct; or an indication that the sensing vector under review is unsuitable for cardiac signal sensing. The operational circuitry then determines whether the first sensing vector receives a score indicating that the first sensing vector is well suited to cardiac signal detection, and if not, the operational circuitry executes the vectoring instructions relative to a second sensing vector. Devices adapted for these methods make up additional illustrative embodiments.

"Another illustrative embodiment includes a method of cardiac signal analysis in a programmer adapted for use in conjunction with an implantable cardiac stimulus device. The programmer may include operational circuitry for executing vectoring instructions relative to a first sensing vector. In the illustrative method, the vectoring instructions cause the operational circuitry to return one of: a score indicating the quality of a signal captured along the first sensing vector; at least two possible scores indicating the quality of the signal captured along the first sensing vector wherein operator input is needed to determine which possible score is correct; or an indication that the sensing vector under review is unsuitable for cardiac signal sensing. The programmer operational circuitry then determines whether the first sensing vector receives a score indicating that the first sensing vector is well suited to cardiac signal detection, and if not, the programmer operational circuitry executes the vectoring instructions relative to a second sensing vector. Devices adapted for these methods make up additional illustrative embodiments.

"Yet further illustrative embodiments make use of sensing vector selection methods as described above, with first and second sensing vectors being identified as primary and secondary detection vectors or analysis vectors. Devices, including at least implantable cardiac stimulus devices and/or programmers for use with implantable cardiac stimulus devices which are adapted for such methods, make up additional illustrative embodiments."

For additional information on this patent, see: Sanghera, Rick; Allavatam, Venugopal. Systems and Methods for Sensing Vector Selection in an Implantable Medical Device. U.S. Patent Number 8788023, filed May 26, 2006, and published online on July 22, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8788023.PN.&OS=PN/8788023RS=PN/8788023

Keywords for this news article include: Cardiology, Cameron Health Inc..

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