Patent Number: 6,167,306

Title: Method and apparatus for electrically forcing cardiac output in an arrhythmia patient

Abstract: An electrical method and apparatus for stimulating cardiac cells causing contraction to force hemodynamic output during fibrillation, hemodynamically compromising tachycardia, or asystole. Forcing fields are applied to the heart to give cardiac output on an emergency basis until the arrhythmia ceases or other intervention takes place. The device is used as a stand alone external or internal device, or as a backup to an ICD, atrial defibrillator, or an anti-tachycardia pacemaker. The method and apparatus maintain some cardiac output and not necessarily defibrillation.

Inventors: Kroll; Kai (Minnetonka, MN), Kroll; Mark W. (Minnetonka, MN)

Assignee: Galvani, Ltd.

International Classification: A61N 1/39 (20060101); A61N 1/362 (20060101); A61N 001/39 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013