MIAMI LAKES, FL, United States
MIAMI LAKES, FL, United States

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Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-09-28

A ventricular assist device incorporating a rotary pump, such as a rotary impeller pump is implantable in fluid communication with a ventricle and an artery to assist blood flow from the ventricle to the artery. The device includes a pump drive circuit supplying power to the pump, one or more sensors for sensing one or more electrophysiological signals such as electrogram signals in and a signal processing circuit connected to the sensors and the pump drive circuit. The signal processing circuit is operative to detect the sensor signals and control power supplied to the pump from the pump drive circuit so that the pump runs in a pulsatile mode, with a varying speed synchronized with the cardiac cycle so that it operates in copulsation or counterpulsation with the cycle. The cardiac cycle for purposes of synchronization can also be based on an average of two or more cardiac cycles.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2017-03-01

A method for monitoring a charge of a battery in a device, comprising providing a low power processor having a wake state and a dormant state, the low power processor configured to periodically change from the dormant state to the wake state. The method further comprises periodically enabling a battery monitor circuit to determine the charge of the battery, the low power processor enabling the battery monitor circuit when the low power processor is in the wake state. The battery monitor circuit has a default safe state in which a digital processor enables the battery monitor circuit and a normal operating state in which the low power processor periodically enables the battery monitor circuit, the battery monitor circuit switching from the default safe state to the normal operating state when the low power processor is detected. The digital processor is different than the low power processor.


In one embodiment, the present invention includes a percutaneous skin connector 1 including a base 3 and a cap 2. The base 3 has a channel 31 extending through it and a plurality of base magnets 24, 29 are positioned around the channel 31 and exposed at a base surface 30. A skirt 21 which allows tissue ingrowth extends from the base 3 to further secure the base 3 to the patient. The connector 1 also includes a cap 2 with a bore 61 extending through it and a plurality of cap magnets 47, 48 positioned around the bore 61 and exposed at a cap surface 42. The base magnets 24, 29 and cap magnets 47, 48 attract and align the cap surface 42 to the base surface 30. The connector 1 further includes a release mechanism adapted to at least partially separate the cap 2 from the base 3 when the cap 2 is rotated relative to the base 3 and out of alignment with the base 3.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-05-25

A holder for a housing of an electronic device includes an extruded metal portion adapted to receive the housing and a securement element that is either mounted to the extruded metal portion or integral with the extruded metal portion. The securement element is adapted to secure the housing in the extruded metal portion.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-06-20

A tissue anchor includes an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end, and a barb mounted to the elongated body adjacent the proximal end for movement between a retracted position and an extended position in which the barb projects outwardly from the elongated body. An anchoring system includes an implantable device with a tissue contacting surface facing in a proximal direction, the tissue anchor having its distal end engageable with the implantable device and its proximal end adapted to project proximally beyond the tissue contacting surface to grip a living tissue, and a second resilient element that is mounted between the distal end of the anchor and the implantable device, the second resilient element being adapted to bias the anchor distally relative to the implantable device. Tooling and methods of insertion and removal are provided.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-08-18

Methods and apparatus for controlling the operation of, and providing power for and to, implantable ventricular assist devices which include a brushless DC motor-driven blood pump, are disclosed. In one embodiment, a control system for driving an implantable pump is provided. The digital processor is responsive to data associated with the operation of the pump received at the data transfer port, and from the program data stored in memory, (i) to determine therefrom, the identity of the pump, (ii) to determine therefrom, electrical characteristics and features of the identified pump, and (iii) to adaptively generate and apply to the data port, control signals for driving the identified pump. Latch mechanisms, an elongated flexible electrical cable with a strain relief segment, and a lower housing portion that is heavier than an upper housing portion, may also be provided with the control system.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-02-11

A surgical device includes a handle body extending along a handle axis. The handle body is releasably engaged to a tunneling shaft extending along a shaft axis transverse to the handle axis. At least one tool is mounted to the handle body. Each tool includes a working end adapted to actuate an element of an implantable device.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-05-10

An axial-flow blood pump includes a housing having an inlet and an outlet opposite therefrom. An impeller located within the housing is suspended during operation by magnetic forces between magnets or magnetized regions of the impeller and a motor stator surrounding the housing, and hydrodynamic thrust forces generated by a flow of blood between the housing and a plurality of hydrodynamic thrust bearing surfaces located on the impeller. A volute may be in fluid-tight connection with the outlet of the housing for receiving blood in the axial direction and directing blood in a direction normal to the axial direction. The volute has a flow-improving member extending axially from the volute and into the housing in a coaxial direction of the housing.


Patent
Heartware, Inc. | Date: 2016-01-21

A rotary blood pump includes a casing defining a pumping chamber. The pumping chamber has a blood inlet and a tangential blood outlet. One or more motor stators are provided outside of the pumping chamber. A rotatable impeller is within the pumping chamber and is adapted to cause blood entering the pumping chamber to move to the blood outlet. The impeller has one or more magnetic regions. The impeller is radially constrained in rotation by magnetic coupling to one or more motor stators and is axially constrained in rotation by one or more hydrodynamic thrust bearing surfaces on the impeller.


The present disclosure provides a system for oxygenating blood. The system may include an implantable blood pump that may draw a supply of blood from the circulatory system of a mammalian subject, such as a human being. The blood pump may provide the supply of blood to an adaptor, where the supply of blood may be supplied to either or both of a first branch or second branch. The first branch may lead to an external blood oxygenator. The oxygenator may oxygenate the blood, and the blood may be returned to the circulatory system of the mammalian subject. The second branch may bypass the oxygenator and may connect to the circulatory system of the mammalian subject. In this regard, while the blood is supplied to the second branch, the oxygenator may be disconnected and blood may be prevented from entering the first branch.

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