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1. (WO2017196477) SUBCUTANEOUS DEFIBRILLATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/196477    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/026751
Publication Date: Fri Nov 17 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 11 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61N 1/05
A61N 1/372
A61N 1/375
A61N 1/39
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
Inventors: CATANZARO, John, N.
Title: SUBCUTANEOUS DEFIBRILLATION
Abstract:
Cardioversion or defibrillation of the heart is carried out by passing electrical energy through the heart. An electrical energy storage device, such as a battery and capacitor, are connected to an electronic processor. The energy storage device and the electronic processor are sized to be implantable within the body of the patient. Two leads are subcutaneously implanted and connected to the energy storage device under control of the processor. An electrode is connected to each lead, and are also subcutaneously implanted, the first able proximate the heart and an anterior portion of the ribcage in the patient's chest, and the second proximate the heart and a posterior portion of the ribcage in the patients back. Sensors transmit information to the processor relating to heart function, and under control of software, the processor causes the electrodes to be energized to restore normal heart function.