Patent Number: 6,480,734

Title: Cardiac arrhythmia detector using ECG waveform-factor and its irregularity

Abstract: A cardiac monitor is provided that monitors the condition of the heart of a cardiac patient and generates signals indicating one of several conditions, such as supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. In order to generate these signals, the ECG from the patient is analyzed to determine a cardiac interval and heart rate, as well as a waveform factor and a waveform factor irregularity. The waveform factor is derived from the average of the ECG amplitudes during a cardiac interval and the peak value of the ECG during the same interval. Preferably, a running average is calculated over several intervals. This waveform factor is then used to detect shockable ventricular arrhythmia. The waveform factor irregularity is indicative of the variability of the waveform factor and is used to differentiate between ventricular tachycardia and ventricular defibrillation.

Inventors: Zhang; Xu-Sheng (Santa Ana Heights, CA), Lin; Dongping (Irvine, CA)

Assignee: Cardiac Science Inc.

International Classification: A61B 5/0464 (20060101); A61B 5/0452 (20060101); A61N 1/39 (20060101); A61B 5/046 (20060101); A61B 005/04 ()

Expiration Date: 11/12/2019