The cardiac pacemaker: A crossroads of engineering and medicine

Alexander R. Mattson, Michael D Eggen, Paul A. Iaizzo

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The past, present, and future development of cardiac pacing results from an intricate symbiosis between engineering and medicine. To gain an in-depth understanding of the field and perhaps where future innovation may lead, it is important to learn valuable lessons from past innovators. This chapter dives into the rich history surrounding the field of cardiac pacing. In addition, it describes the current technology standards, discusses different pacing paradigms, and offers a glimpse into the bright future of cardiac pacemaker therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering in Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances and Challenges
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130681
ISBN (Print)9780128135143
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Ake Senning
  • Albert Hyman
  • C Walton Lillehei
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Earl Bakken
  • Electrical stimulation
  • His bundle pacing
  • History
  • Hunter-Roth
  • Implantable pulse generator
  • Lead
  • Leadless
  • Mark Lidwill
  • Pacemaker
  • Paul Zoll
  • Seymour Furman
  • Visualization
  • William Chardack
  • Wilson Greatbatch


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