Monday, January 30, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 30

January 30, 1957 – An external pacemaker with internal heart electrode was used on this date for the first time. “To maintain a patient’s heartbeat rhythm an electrode was sewn to the wall of the heart and connected through the chest to an external desk-top pulse generator. A team of scientists at the University of Minnesota, led by Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, made this medical advance. However, such bulky equipment was not a good long-term solution since infection often occurred along the electrode wires, and the device required no interruption in the house electricity. So Dr. Lillehei also initiated research on the use of small portable external pacemaker for these patients with heart block. This ultimately led to the development of the billion-dollar pacemaker industry.”

 Dr. C. Walton Lillehei


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