Patent Number: 7,089,055

Title: Method and apparatus for delivering pre-shock defibrillation therapy

Abstract: An apparatus and method is presented for improving cardiac function after successful termination of a tachyarrhythmia such as ventricular fibrillation. A series of electrical stimulation pulses are delivered prior to a defibrillation shock if one or more specific criteria are met.

Inventors: Cates; Adam W. (Minneapolis, MN), Lovett; Eric G. (Roseville, MN), Lang; Douglas J. (Arden Hills, MN)

Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.

International Classification: A61N 1/36 (20060101); A61N 1/39 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018