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Pacing supplement: Early days of pacing in the UK – the British contribution to the field of pacing

October 2018 Br J Cardiol 2018;25(suppl 3):S7–S10 doi:10.5837/bjc.2018.s13

Pacing supplement: Early days of pacing in the UK – the British contribution to the field of pacing

Richard Sutton

Abstract

Professor Richard Sutton Introduction Permanent cardiac pacing began in Sweden in 1958 with Rune Elmqvist designing a device, and the cardiac surgeon, Åke Senning, implanting it. The US and UK followed quickly. The first UK implant was at St. George’s Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, London, in 1960 with Aubrey Leatham, cardiologist, and Harold Siddons, cardiac surgeon. Not to be omitted from this pioneering group was Geoff Davies, engineer. The implant was a success, and I had the privilege of looking after that patient in 1967 when I joined the St. George’s team. As raconteur of these stories, it is clear that I was a late arrival. One of m

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