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Implantable Cardiac Electrostimulation Devices

  • Rick McVenes
  • Ken Stokes
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Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Abstract

The history of bradycardia (too slow heart beat) goes back 300 years, but implantable pacemakers made their appearance in 1959. Since then, as pacemakers became more sophisticated, the indications for their use have expanded greatly. Today they are used to treat numerous rhythm disturbances including some forms of tachycardia (too fast a heart beat), heart failure, and even stroke (thromboembolism due to atrial fibrillation). Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) made their appearance in 1980. Today they are used to correct tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and even asystole (no heart beat) as well as heart failure patients. These are highly sophisticated devices made from very high reliability components.

Keywords

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Stimulation Threshold Cardiac Vein Sense Amplifier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leads Research, Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division, Medtronic, Inc.Mounds ViewUSA
  2. 2.Brady Leads Research, Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division, Medtronic, Inc.BrainerdUSA

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