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Stored data in implantable pacemakers have rarely been used as a diagnostic tool because of the complexity. Our group has developed software called AIDA, providing an automatic interpretation of data stored in memories of the Chorus (ELA medical) pacemaker. We compared the results of AIDA analysis to surface ECG Holter interpretation in 59 patients (age 75(More)
Endless-loop tachycardia (ELT) is one of the most common pacemaker mediated tachycardia. An innovative ELT protection algorithm has proven to be clinically effective. A new improved version that will eliminate the need to program any parameter is now under clinical evaluation. Nine patients entered the study: six men and three women, aged 52 +/- 22 years.(More)
Atrial arrhythmias (AA) are commonly encountered in DDD paced patients. Newer dual chamber pacemakers (PM) possess mode switching functions that convert pacing to an asynchronous mode when AAs are detected. The lack of a reliable mode switch leading to rapid, irregular ventricular responses may result from AA undersensing. To avoid this the DDDR PM Chorum(More)
BACKGROUND The Telectronics Accufix pacing leads were recalled in November 1994 after 2 deaths and 2 nonfatal injuries were reported. This multicenter clinical study (MCS) of patients with Accufix leads was designed to determine the rate of spontaneous injury related to the J retention wire and results of lead extraction. METHODS AND RESULTS The MCS(More)
Formal Monitoring of Performance is Still Needed. In order to detect trends in the number of device or component failures that have occurred among permanent pacemaker systems since the 1970s, we reviewed the data of the five largest pacemaker manufacturers from the Bilitch Registry of permanent pacemaker pulse generators, the Stimarec failure registry, the(More)
Biocompatibility of carbon makes it a good candidate for a pacing electrode. Moreover, activation of the electrode creates microporosity, which increases the surface area and reduces polarization losses. Chronic thresholds noninvasively measured on a large population of patients implanted with vitreous carbon electrodes of one manufacturer are significantly(More)
INTRODUCTION Dedicated pacing modes, such as AAIsafeR, prevent ventricular (V) pacing in selected patients. We report our experience in consecutive unselected patients. METHODS All data collected in recipients of Symphony DR 2550 pacemakers (ELA Medical, Montrouge, France) were retrospectively analyzed. At each visit, the percentage of V and atrial (A)(More)
A rate responsive minute ventilation (VE) pacemaker was implanted in 49 patients (70.8 +/- 40.0 years). A Chorus RM 7034 pacemaker was implanted in 43 patients and an Opus RM 4534 in six patients. Four sensor configurations were compared: atrial configuration (bipolar atrial lead) in 34 patients; ventricular configuration (bipolar ventricular lead) in 6(More)
The correlation between heart rate (HR) and three respiratory parameters, minute ventilation (VE), tidal volume (Vt), and respiratory rate (RR), were studied. Four healthy subjects performed four exercise tests (duration 30 seconds at 50, 100, 150, or 200 W), in random order. Cardio-respiratory parameters were recorded respiratory cycle by respiratory(More)
Special software allowing the memorization of 24-hour minute ventilation can be loaded into the memory of the Chorus RM, a DDDR pacemaker driven by minute ventilation. This feature was tested in the postimplant period in 13 patients. Measurements of minute ventilation, respiratory rate, and respiratory amplitude were analyzed according to prospectively(More)