History of cardiac pacing in New Zealand: the early years
Article first published online: 8 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2011 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Internal Medicine Journal
Volume 41, Issue 12, pages 836–841, December 2011
How to Cite
Crozier, I. and McAlister, H. (2011), History of cardiac pacing in New Zealand: the early years. Internal Medicine Journal, 41: 836–841. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02556.x
Conflict of interest: None.
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 8 DEC 2011
- Received 29 March 2011; accepted 24 May 2011.
- New Zealand
This paper documents the development of cardiac pacing in New Zealand in the early years following the first implant in 1961. This period covered the time of the early development and evolution of cardiac pacemakers. Pacemaker implantations were infrequent and high risk in desperately ill patients. Whilst lifesaving the pacemakers had poor longevity, were unreliable and required frequent revisions.