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Research & Innovation

The University of Minnesota continues to combine compassionate patient care with innovative treatment options to provide improved outcomes for patients with cardiac arrhythmias. We have an active research program, and many of the methods created here are now widely applied in clinical practice. Through the years, we have:

  • Developed the application of sensors to assess metabolic needs and help pacemakers provide the best heart rate.
  • Developed a three-dimensional mapping system, which later became commercialized to help localize the source of abnormal heart rhythms for purposes of ablation.
  • Devised techniques for pacing both left and right ventricles to help treat patients with heart failure.
  • Advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the development of new techniques, advancing the resuscitation skills of citizens and practitioners.
  • Developed a leadless implantable monitor that detects not only heart rhythm disturbances but also assesses the impact on blood pressure at the same time.
  • Collaborated with Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health to investigate the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death.