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Automated Device Impedance Vector Switching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000170612D
Publication Date: 2008-May-22
Document File: 9 page(s) / 108K

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Automated Device Impedance Vector Switching

FIG. 1 is an illustration of portions of a system 100 that uses an IMD 105.  Examples of IMD 105 include, without limitation, a pacemaker, a cardioverter, a defibrillator, a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device, and other cardiac monitoring and therapy delivery devices, including cardiac devices that include or work in coordination with one or more neuro-stimulating devices, drugs, drug delivery systems, or other therapies.  As one example, the system 100 shown is used to treat a cardiac arrhythmia.  The IMD 105 typically includes an electronics unit coupled by one or more cardiac leads 110, 115, 125, to a heart of a patient or subject.  The electronics unit of the IMD 105 typically includes components that are enclosed in a hermetically-sealed canister or “can.”  The system 100 also typically includes an IMD programmer or other external system 190 that communicates one or more wireless signals 185 with the IMD 105, such as by using radio frequency (RF) or by one or more other telemetry methods.

The example shown includes right atrial (RA) lead 110 having a proximal end 111 and a distal end 113.  The proximal end 111 is coupled to a header connector 107 of the IMD 105.  The distal end 113 is configured for placement in the RA in or near the atrial septum.  The RA lead 110 may include a pair of bipolar electrodes, such as an RA tip electrode 114A and an RA ring electrode 114B.  The RA electrodes 114A and 114B are incorporated into the lead body at distal end 113 for placement in or near the RA, and are each electrically coupled to IMD 105 through a conductor extending within the lead body.  The RA lead is shown placed in the atrial septum, but the RA lead may be placed in or near the atrial appendage, the atrial free wall, or elsewhere.

The example shown also includes a right ventricular (RV) lead 115 having a proximal end 117 and a distal end 119.  The proximal end 117 is coupled to a header connector 107.  The distal end 119 is configured for placement in the RV.  The RV lead 115 may include one or more of a proximal defibrillation electrode 116, a distal defibrillation electrode 118, an RV tip electrode 120A, and an RV ring electrode 120B.  The defibrillation electrode 116 is generally incorporated into the lead body such as in a location suitable for supraventricular placement in the RA and/or the superior vena cava.  The defibrillation electrode 118 is incorporated into the lead body near the distal end 119 such as for placement in the RV.  The RV electrodes 120A and 120B may form a bipolar electrode pair and are generally incorporated into the lead body at distal end 119.  The electrodes 116, 118, 120A, and 120B are each electrically coupled to IMD 105, such as through one or more conductors extending within the lead body.  The p...