Battery monitoring apparatus and method for programmers of cardiac stimulating devices

  • US 6,108,579 A
  • Filed: 04/11/1997
  • Issued: 08/22/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for providing a time remaining to a recommended battery replacement time of an implantable stimulation device, the system comprising:

  • pulse generating means for generating stimulation pulses to a patient'"'"'s body tissue in accordance with the patient'"'"'s needs;

    ea battery for powering the pulse generating means;

    monitoring means, coupled to the pulse generating means and the battery, for monitoring a plurality of operating and battery parameters;

    simulation means for simulation the operation of the pulse generating means based upon at least one operating characteristic of the device and at least one parameter representative of the state of the battery;

    predicting means for forecasting a time remaining to the recommended replacement time of the battery based upon the simulation of the operation of the pulse generating means; and

    display means for displaying the time remaining to the recommended replacement time of the battery.

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