US 9,808,619 B2
Independent protection system for an electrical muscle stimulation apparatus and method of using same
Felix Buhlmann, Lausanne (CH); Etienne Dunant, Peney-le-Jorat (CH); Steve Guex, Givrins (CH); David Truffer, Ecublens (CH); and Pierre-Yves Mueller, Collonge-Bellerive (CH)
Assigned to Encore Medical Asset Corporation, Henderson, NV (US)
Filed by Felix Buhlmann, Lausanne (CH); Etienne Dunant, Peney-le-Jorat (CH); Steve Guex, Givrins (CH); David Truffer, Ecublens (CH); and Pierre-Yves Mueller, Collonge-Bellerive (CH)
Filed on Feb. 10, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/371,161.
Application 13/371,161 is a continuation of application No. 11/343,245, filed on Jan. 30, 2006, granted, now 8,140,165.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/648,324, filed on Jan. 28, 2005.
Prior Publication US 2012/0150260 A1, Jun. 14, 2012
Int. Cl. A61N 1/00 (2006.01); A61N 1/08 (2006.01); A61N 1/04 (2006.01); A61N 1/36 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/08 (2013.01) [A61N 1/36014 (2013.01); A61N 1/0452 (2013.01); A61N 1/0456 (2013.01); A61N 1/36003 (2013.01)] 49 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
49. An electrostimulation system operable to reduce the risk of cardiac fibrillation when delivering electrostimulation to a patient, the electrostimulation system comprising:
at least one electrode assembly;
an electrical pulse generator configured to deliver electrical pulses to a muscle of the pectoralis major or latissimus dorsi of a patient via the at least one electrode assembly according to a muscle electrostimulation treatment program configured to stimulate contraction of the muscle;
monitoring circuitry configured to monitor the electrical pulses of the electrostimulation applied to the patient;
characteristic detection circuitry configured to detect at least one characteristic of the monitored electrical pulses that meets at least one of a plurality of characteristic detection criteria, wherein the at least one characteristic is indicative of an increased likelihood of inducing cardiac fibrillation when the electrostimulation is applied to the patient; and
a circuitry configured to alter an operating state of the electrostimulation system in response to the detection of the at least one characteristic in the monitored electrical pulses to reduce the risk of inducing cardiac fibrillation when electrostimulation is applied to the patient.