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Title: The Australian history of cardiac pacing: memories from a bygone era.
Epworth Authors: Sloman, Graeme
Other Authors: Mond, Harry
Wickham, Geoffrey
Keywords: Cardiac Pacing
Australian History
Cardiac Pacemaker
Biomedical Engineers
Historical Article
Historical Review
Epworth Cardiology
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Heart Lung Circ. 2012 Jun;21(6-7):311-9
Abstract: Although Dr Albert Hyman in New York is believed to have built the first cardiac pacemaker in 1932, he acknowledges Dr Mark Lidwell in Sydney, Australia as having not only built a pacemaker, but also successfully used it to resuscitate a newborn infant in or before 1929. Fully implantable pacemakers, however, were not possible until 1958, following the development of the silicon transistor. Within three years of that first implant, a pulse generator attached to epicardial leads was implanted at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. About the same time, an engineer in Sydney with intermittent complete heart block who had received epicardial leads and an external pulse generator proposed a simple sensing circuit, leading to the design of the first demand pacing system. By the mid 1960s, physicians were inserting transvenous leads in the right ventricle attached to pulse generators implanted in the anterior abdominal wall. In 1963, an Australian pacemaker company, Telectronics, was founded in Sydney. This innovative company-designed many of the features of transvenous leads and pulse generators we take for granted today. Australia also played a leading role in the design or early evaluation of the lithium power source, lead fixation, steroid elution, automatic anti-tachycardia pacing algorithms and the minute ventilation rate adaptive sensor. This manuscript describes the challenges and frustrations of those pioneers: physicians, surgeons and biomedical engineers.
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2011.09.004
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ISSN: 1443-9506
Journal Title: Heart Lung and Circulation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Cardiology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Cardiac Sciences

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