Feasibility of using the automatic generating system for quartz watches as a leadless pacemaker power source



An automatic power-generating system (AGS) which converts kinetic energy into electric energy for quartz watches was tested as a power source for implantable cardiac pacemakers. An automatic power-generating mechanism and a capacitor (0.33 F) were removed from a quartz watch (SEIKO) and encapsulated in a polyvinyl case. Characteristics of the AGS were investigated by acceleration equipment. The capacitor in the AGS was charged to 2.0 V (0.66 J) by placing it on the equipment for about 30 minutes. The equipment has a 2 Hz cycle and generates ±1.7 G at the end of each half cycle. The AGS (fully charged to 2.0 V) was used as the power source for a pulse generator circuit built using commercially available CMOS IC. The circuit generated pulses of 0.5 ms width at 1 Hz (60 pulses min−1). The voltage of the AGS was maintained at 1.6 V while it was being charged by the accelerations. The generator supplied pulses of 0.75V, 1.47 mA through a 510Ω load. With fully charged AGS, the generator was also used to pace a mongrel dog's heart at 140 beats min−1 for 60 minutes. During pacing, the AGS supplied 420 mJ to the circuit and the cardiac muscle. The AGS was placed on the right ventricular wall of the mongrel dog under anaesthesia. Energy of 80 mJ is stored in a capacitor by the heart beating at about 200 beats/min for 30 minutes. Thus the AGS generated 13 μJ per heart beat. This result suggests that the AGS may supply enough energy for use in a cardiac pacemaker.


Accelerated motion Automatic power-generating system Button-type pacemaker Capacitor Charging characteristic Discharging characteristic Energy Kinetic energy Leadless pacemaker Mechano-electric energy conversion system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute of ElectronicsShizuoka UniversityHamamatsuJapan
  2. 2.Hamamatsu University School of MedicineHamamatsuJapan

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