Journal article

The Cardiac Pacemaker Clinic: Memories From a Bygone Era

Harry G Mond, J Graeme Sloman

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

In 1963, soon after the first ventricular pacemakers were implanted at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, attempts were made to identify impending pacing failure, thus preventing sudden death in these very vulnerable patients. By 1970, patient numbers had increased, a formal regular pacemaker clinic was established, and guidelines and protocols developed. The clinic was staffed by a physician, a biomedical engineer and cardiac technicians. The unipolar, asynchronous, non-programmable pulse generators were powered by mercuric oxide/zinc batteries and implanted in the abdomen, using either transvenous or epimyocardial leads. Although, pulse generators were electively replaced at 3 years, most had a..

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