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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 4 (2013), Issue 4, Pages 453-464
http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/2040-2295.4.4.453
Research Article

Hemodynamic Sensor in Cardiac Implantable Electric Devices: The Endocardial Accelaration Technology

Stefania Sacchi,1 Danilo Contardi,3 Paolo Pieragnoli,1 Giuseppe Ricciardi,1 Andrea Giomi,1 and Luigi Padeletti1,2

1Istituto di Clinica Medica e Cardiologia, University of Florence, Italy
2Cliniche Gavazzeni, Bergamo, Italy
3SORIN Group Italia S.r.l., Milano, Italy

Received 1 January 2013; Accepted 1 July 2013

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Abstract

There have been substantial progresses in the technology of cardiac implantable electric devices (CIEDs) during the past decades. One of the progresses is represented by the development of a hemodynamic sensor embedded at the tip of a pacing lead that measures myocardial contractility by the analysis of myocardial mechanical vibrations occurring during the cardiac cycle. This sensor, providing continuous hemodynamic monitoring, could play an important role in clinical practice because of several clinical applications in CIEDs recipients. The objectives of this work are to report how this sensor operates and to review the main findings about its clinical applications.