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1 1 Applying Electrical Concepts to Pacemakers Module 4

2 2 Objectives Upon completion you will be able to: –Recognize a high impedance condition –Recognize a low impedance condition –Recognize capture threshold –Determine which sensitivity value is more (or less) sensitive

3 3 Electrical Information Why is this electrical information relevant? A pacemaker is implanted to: –P–Provide a heart rate to meet metabolic needs In order to pace the heart, it must capture the myocardium In order to pace the heart, it must know when to pace, i.e., it must be able to sense A pacemaker requires an intact electrical circuit

4 Ohms Law Relevance to Pacemaker Patients High impedance conditions reduce battery current drain –Can increase pacemaker battery longevity –Why? R = V/I If R increases and V remains the same, then I must decrease Low impedance conditions increase battery current drain –Can decrease pacemaker battery longevity –Why? R = V/I If R decreases and V remains the same, then I must increase

5 5 The Effect of Lead Performance on Myocardial Capture What would you expect to happen if a lead was partially fractured? Impedance (or Resistance) would rise Current would decrease and battery energy conserved - but - Could you guarantee that enough current (I) can flow through this fractured lead so that each time the pacemaker fired the myocardium would beat?

6 Lead wire fracture Increased resistance High Impedance Conditions A Fractured Conductor A fractured wire can cause Impedance values to rise –Current flow from the battery may be too low to be effective Impedance values may exceed 3,000 Other reason for high impedance: Lead not seated properly in pacemaker header.

7 Lead Impedance Values Change as a Result of: Wire fractures Insulation breaks Typically, normal impedance reading values range from 300 to 1,000 –Some leads are high impedance by design. These leads will normally show impedance reading values greater than 1,000 ohms Medtronic High Impedance leads are: –CapSure ® Z –CapSure ® Z Novus

8 Low Impedance Conditions Insulation breaks expose the lead wire to the following –Body fluids, which have a low resistance, or –Another lead wire (in a bipolar lead) Insulation break that exposes a conductor causes the following –Impedance values to fall –Current to drain through the insulation break into the body, or into the other wire –Potential for loss of capture –More rapid battery depletion Current will follow the path of LEAST resistance

9 Capture Threshold The minimum electrical stimulus needed to consistently capture the heart outside of the hearts own refractory period Ventricular pacemaker 60 ppm Capture Non-Capture

10 Effect of Lead Design on Capture Lead maturation –Fibrotic capsule develops around the electrode following lead implantation –May gradually raise threshold –Usually no measurable effect on impedance

11 Steroid Eluting Leads Steroid eluting leads reduce the inflammatory process –Exhibit little to no acute stimulation threshold peaking –Leads maintain low chronic thresholds Silicone rubber plug containing steroid Tines for stable fixation Porous, platinized tip for steroid elution

12 Effect of Steroid on Stimulation Thresholds Pulse Width = 0.5 msec 0 36 Implant Time (Weeks) Textured Metal Electrode Smooth Metal Electrode Steroid-Eluting Electrode Volts References: Pacing Reference Guide, Bakken Education Center, 1995, UC aEN. Cardiac Pacing, 2nd Edition, Edited by Kenneth A. Ellenbogen

13 Myocardial Capture Capture is a function of: –Amplitudethe strength of the impulse expressed in volts The amplitude of the impulse must be large enough to cause depolarization (i.e., to capture the heart) The amplitude of the impulse must be sufficient to provide an appropriate pacing safety margin –Pulse widththe duration of the current flow expressed in milliseconds The pulse width must be long enough for depolarization to disperse to the surrounding tissue

14 Comparison 5.0 Volt Amplitude at Different Pulse Widths Amplitude 5.0 V 0.25 ms 1.0 ms 0.5 ms

15 The Strength-Duration Curve The strength-duration curve illustrates the relationship of amplitude and pulse width –Any combination of pulse width and voltage, on or above the curve, will result in capture Pulse Width Volts Capture No Capture Rheobase Chronaxie

16 Duration Pulse Width (ms) Clinical Utility of the Strength-Duration Curve By accurately determining capture threshold, we can assure adequate safety margins because: –Thresholds may differ in acute or chronic pacing systems –Thresholds fluctuate slightly daily –Thresholds can change due to metabolic conditions or medications Stimulation Threshold (Volts) X Programmed Output

17 Programming Outputs Primary goal: Ensure patient safety and appropriate device performance Secondary goal: Extend the service life of the battery –Typically program amplitude to < 2.5 V, but always maintain adequate safety margins A common output value might be 2.0 V at 0.4 ms –Amplitude values greater than the cell capacity of the pacemaker battery (usually about 2.8 V) require a voltage multiplier, resulting in markedly decreased battery longevity

18 18 Pacemaker Sensing Refers to the ability of the pacemaker to see signals –Expressed in millivolts (mV) The millivolts (mV) refers to the size of the signal the pacemaker is able to see 0.5 mV signal 2.0 mV signal

19 Sensitivity The Value Programmed into the IPG Time 5.0 mV 2.5 mV 1.25 mV

20 Time 5.0 mV 2.5 mV 1.25 mV 5 mV sensitivity At this value the pacemaker will not see the 3.0 mV signal Sensitivity The Value Programmed into the IPG

21 At this value, the pacemaker can see both the 3.0 mV and the 1.30 mV signal. So, is more sensitive better, because the pacemaker sees smaller signals? 1.25 mV Sensitivity Time 5.0 mV 2.5 mV 1.25 mV But what about this?

22 Sensing Amplifiers/Filters Accurate sensing requires that extraneous signals are filtered out –Because whatever a pacemaker senses is by definition a P- or an R-wave –Sensing amplifiers use filters that allow appropriate sensing of P- and R- waves, and reject inappropriate signals Unwanted signals most commonly sensed are: –T-waves (which the pacemaker defines as an R-wave) –Far-field events (R-waves sensed by the atrial channel, which the pacemaker thinks are P-waves) –Skeletal muscle myopotentials (e.g., from the pectoral muscle, which the pacemaker may think are either P- or R-waves) –Signals from the pacemaker (e.g., a ventricular pacing spike sensed on the atrial channel crosstalk)

23 Sensing Accuracy Affected by: –Pacemaker circuit (lead) integrity Insulation break Wire fracture –The characteristics of the electrode –Electrode placement within the heart –The sensing amplifiers of the pacemaker –Lead polarity (unipolar vs. bipolar) –The electrophysiological properties of the myocardium –EMI – Electromagnetic Interference

24 Lead Conductor Coil Integrity Affect on Sensing Undersensing occurs when the cardiac signal is unable to get back to the pacemaker –Intrinsic signals cannot cross the wire fracture Oversensing occurs when the severed ends of the wire intermittently make contact –Creates signals interpreted by the pacemaker as P- or R-waves

25 Lead Insulation Integrity Affect on Sensing Undersensing occurs when inner and outer conductor coils are in continuous contact –Signals from intrinsic beats are reduced at the sense amplifier, and amplitude no longer meets the programmed sensing value Oversensing occurs when inner and outer conductor coils make intermittent contact –Signals are incorrectly interpreted as P- or R-waves

26 Unipolar Pacemaker Where is the sensing circuit? _ Cathode Anode Lead tip to can This can produce a large potential difference (signal) because the cathode and anode are far apart Click for Answer

27 Bipolar Pacemaker Where is the sensing circuit? Anode and Cathode Click for Answer Lead tip to ring on the lead This usually produces a smaller potential difference due to the short inter-electrode distance But, electrical signals from outside the heart (such as myopotentials) are less likely to be sensed

28 28 Cardiac Conduction and Device Sensing By now we should be familiar with the surface ECG and its relationship to cardiac conduction. But, how does this relate to pacemaker sensing?

29 29 Vectors and Gradients Sense The wave of depolarization produced by normal conduction creates a gradient across the cathode and anode. This changing polarity creates the signal. Once this signal exceeds the programmed sensitivity – it is sensed by the device. Click for More 2.5 mV

30 30 Changing the Vector Sense 2.5 mV A PVC occurs, which is conducted abnormally. Since the vector relative to the lead has changed, what effect might this have on sensing? Click for More In this case, the wave of depolarization strikes the anode and cathode almost simultaneously. This will create a smaller gradient and thus, a smaller signal.

31 31 Putting It All Together Appropriate output programming can improve device longevity –But, do not compromise patient safety! Lead design can improve device longevity via –Steroid eluting leads Can help keep chronic pacing thresholds low by reducing inflammation and scarring –High Impedance leads Medtronic CapSure Z and Medtronic CapSure Z Novus Designed so electrode is high, but V low so current (I) is low as well, reducing battery drain Control of manufacturing –Batteries, circuit boards, capacitors, etc., specific to needs, can lead to improved efficiencies and lowered static current drain –Highly reliable lead design

32 32 Putting It All Together Pacemaker Longevity is: –A function of programmed parameters (rate, output, % time pacing) –A function of useful battery capacity –A function of Static current drain Circuit efficiency Output Impedance The lower the programmed sensitivity the MORE sensitive the device –Lead integrity also affects sensing

33 33 Status Check Determine the threshold amplitude Capture threshold = lowest value with consist capture This is at 1.25 V Click for Answer 1.25 V 0.05 V0.75 V 1.00 V

34 34 Status Check OR Click for Answer Pacemaker A is able to see signals as small as 0.5 mV. Thus, it is more sensitive. Programmed Sensitivity 0.5 mV Pacemaker A Programmed Sensitivity 2.5 mV Pacemaker B Which of these pacemakers is more sensitive?

35 35 Status Check A pacemaker lead must flex and move as the heart beats. On average, how many times does a heart beat in 1 year? Click for Answer 35 MILLION times. It is not a simple task to design a lead that is small, reliable, and lasts a lifetime.

36 36 Status Check Click for Answer Lead Fracture: High Impedance Possible failure to capture myocardium Do you notice anything on this x-ray?

37 37 Status Check What would you expect? Which value is out of range? What could have caused this? Pacemaker Interrogation Report Mode: DDDR Lower: Rate 60 ppm UTR: 130 ppm USR: 130 ppm Atrial Lead Impedance: 475 Ohms Ventricular Lead Impedance: 195 Ohms Insulation failure Click for Answer

38 38 Brief Statements Indications Implantable Pulse Generators (IPGs) are indicated for rate adaptive pacing in patients who ay benefit from increased pacing rates concurrent with increases in activity and increases in activity and/or minute ventilation. Pacemakers are also indicated for dual chamber and atrial tracking modes in patients who may benefit from maintenance of AV synchrony. Dual chamber modes are specifically indicated for treatment of conduction disorders that require restoration of both rate and AV synchrony, which include various degrees of AV block to maintain the atrial contribution to cardiac output and VVI intolerance (e.g. pacemaker syndrome) in the presence of persistent sinus rhythm. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are indicated for ventricular antitachycardia pacing and ventricular defibrillation for automated treatment of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) ICDs are indicated for ventricular antitachycardia pacing and ventricular defibrillation for automated treatment of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and for the reduction of the symptoms of moderate to severe heart failure (NYHA Functional Class III or IV) in those patients who remain symptomatic despite stable, optimal medical therapy and have a left ventricular ejection fraction less than or equal to 35% and a QRS duration of 130 ms. CRT IPGs are indicated for the reduction of the symptoms of moderate to severe heart failure (NYHA Functional Class III or IV) in those patients who remain symptomatic despite stable, optimal medical therapy, and have a left ventricular ejection fraction less than or equal to 35% and a QRS duration of 130 ms. Contraindications IPGs and CRT IPGs are contraindicated for dual chamber atrial pacing in patients with chronic refractory atrial tachyarrhythmias; asynchronous pacing in the presence (or likelihood) of competitive paced and intrinsic rhythms; unipolar pacing for patients with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator because it may cause unwanted delivery or inhibition of ICD therapy; and certain IPGs are contraindicated for use with epicardial leads and with abdominal implantation. ICDs and CRT ICDs are contraindicated in patients whose ventricular tachyarrhythmias may have transient or reversible causes, patients with incessant VT or VF, and for patients who have a unipolar pacemaker. ICDs are also contraindicated for patients whose primary disorder is bradyarrhythmia.

39 39 Brief Statements (continued) Warnings/Precautions Changes in a patients disease and/or medications may alter the efficacy of the devices programmed parameters. Patients should avoid sources of magnetic and electromagnetic radiation to avoid possible underdetection, inappropriate sensing and/or therapy delivery, tissue damage, induction of an arrhythmia, device electrical reset or device damage. Do not place transthoracic defibrillation paddles directly over the device. Additionally, for CRT ICDs and CRT IPGs, certain programming and device operations may not provide cardiac resynchronization. Also for CRT IPGs, Elective Replacement Indicator (ERI) results in the device switching to VVI pacing at 65 ppm. In this mode, patients may experience loss of cardiac resynchronization therapy and / or loss of AV synchrony. For this reason, the device should be replaced prior to ERI being set. Potential complications Potential complications include, but are not limited to, rejection phenomena, erosion through the skin, muscle or nerve stimulation, oversensing, failure to detect and/or terminate arrhythmia episodes, and surgical complications such as hematoma, infection, inflammation, and thrombosis. An additional complication for ICDs and CRT ICDs is the acceleration of ventricular tachycardia. See the device manual for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential complications/adverse events. For further information, please call Medtronic at and/or consult Medtronics website at Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

40 40 Brief Statement: Medtronic Leads Indications Medtronic leads are used as part of a cardiac rhythm disease management system. Leads are intended for pacing and sensing and/or defibrillation. Defibrillation leads have application for patients for whom implantable cardioverter defibrillation is indicated Contraindications Medtronic leads are contraindicated for the following: ventricular use in patients with tricuspid valvular disease or a tricuspid mechanical heart valve. patients for whom a single dose of 1.0 mg of dexamethasone sodium phosphate or dexamethasone acetate may be contraindicated. (includes all leads which contain these steroids) Epicardial leads should not be used on patients with a heavily infracted or fibrotic myocardium. The SelectSecure Model 3830 Lead is also contraindicated for the following: patients for whom a single dose of 40.µg of beclomethasone dipropionate may be contraindicated. patients with obstructed or inadequate vasculature for intravenous catheterization.

41 41 Brief Statement: Medtronic Leads (continued) Warnings/Precautions People with metal implants such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and accompanying leads should not receive diathermy treatment. The interaction between the implant and diathermy can cause tissue damage, fibrillation, or damage to the device components, which could result in serious injury, loss of therapy, or the need to reprogram or replace the device. For the SelectSecure Model 3830 lead, total patient exposure to beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate should be considered when implanting multiple leads. No drug interactions with inhaled beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate have been described. Drug interactions of beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate with the Model 3830 lead have not been studied. Potential Complications Potential complications include, but are not limited to, valve damage, fibrillation and other arrhythmias, thrombosis, thrombotic and air embolism, cardiac perforation, heart wall rupture, cardiac tamponade, muscle or nerve stimulation, pericardial rub, infection, myocardial irritability, and pneumothorax. Other potential complications related to the lead may include lead dislodgement, lead conductor fracture, insulation failure, threshold elevation or exit block. See specific device manual for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential complications/adverse events. For further information, please call Medtronic at and/or consult Medtronics website at Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.

42 42 Disclosure NOTE: This presentation is provided for general educational purposes only and should not be considered the exclusive source for this type of information. At all times, it is the professional responsibility of the practitioner to exercise independent clinical judgment in a particular situation. NOTE: This presentation is provided for general educational purposes only and should not be considered the exclusive source for this type of information. At all times, it is the professional responsibility of the practitioner to exercise independent clinical judgment in a particular situation.


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