(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2002/0151812 Al
Scheiner et al. (43) Pub. Date: Oct. 17,2002
(75) Inventors: Avram Scheiner, Vadnais Heights, MN (US); Qingsheng Zhu, Little Canada, MN (US); Arthur L. Olive, Stacy, MN (US); Don Villalta, Minneapolis, MN (US)
SCHWEGMAN, LUNDBERG, WOESSNER &
P.O. BOX 2938
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402 (US) (73) Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/833,229
(22) Filed: Apr. 11, 2001
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 A61B 7/04
An apparatus for outputting heart sounds includes an implantable system and an external system. The implantable system includes a sensor for generating sensed signals representing detected heart sounds, an interface circuit and a control circuit for receiving the sensed signals, generating data representing the heart sounds therefrom, and transmitting the data to the external system via the interface circuit. The external system includes an interface circuit for communicating with the implantable system, and a control circuit for receiving the data representing the heart sounds and for generating control signals that cause an output device to generate outputs representing the sounds. The implantable system may also include a sensor(s) for detecting cardiac electrical signals. In this case, outputs representing the cardiac electrical signals are also output.