US 10,376,694 B2
Method and apparatus for stimulating the vascular system
Virender K. Sharma, Paradise Valley, AZ (US)
Filed by Virender K. Sharma, Paradise Valley, AZ (US)
Filed on Apr. 19, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/491,880.
Application 15/491,880 is a continuation of application No. 14/728,630, filed on Jun. 2, 2015, granted, now 9,656,068.
Application 14/728,630 is a continuation of application No. 12/575,713, filed on Oct. 8, 2009, granted, now 9,079,028, issued on Jul. 14, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/104,054, filed on Oct. 9, 2008.
Prior Publication US 2017/0333709 A1, Nov. 23, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61N 1/05 (2006.01); A61N 1/36 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/36007 (2013.01) [A61N 1/0509 (2013.01); A61N 1/36 (2013.01); A61N 1/36114 (2013.01); A61N 1/36117 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of treating a gastrointestinal condition in a subject, the method comprising:
providing an apparatus comprising a first electrode and a second electrode operably connected to a stimulus generator;
placing the first electrode in direct contact with a portion of a celiac artery or a portion of a branch of a celiac artery of the subject in order to electrically stimulate the celiac artery or the branch of a celiac artery of the subject;
placing the second electrode in electrical communication with a target comprising an artery of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject or a nerve supplying an artery of the gastrointestinal vasculature of the subject;
causing the stimulus generator to generate an electrical stimulus administered to the portion of the celiac artery or the portion of the branch of a celiac artery through the first electrode, wherein the electrical stimulus administered through the first electrode induces a contraction in the celiac artery or the branch of a celiac artery; and
causing the stimulus generator to generate an electrical stimulus administered to the target through the second electrode, wherein the electrical stimulus is effective to alter a flow of blood into the subject's gastrointestinal tract.