To Pace or not to Pace

Controversial Subjects in Cardiac Pacing

  • Hilbert J. Th. Thalen
  • J. Warren Harthorne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Opening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. J. Blankestijn
      Pages 3-3
    3. J. N. Homan Vander Heide
      Pages 4-4
    4. H. Denolin
      Pages 5-5
  3. Conduction System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Salomao Sequerra Amram
      Pages 9-10
    3. J.Cl. Demoulin, H.E. Kulbertus
      Pages 11-15
    4. Ludger Seipel, Gunter Breithardt, Horst Kuhn
      Pages 33-45
    5. G. Fontaine, F. Gallais-Hamonno, R. Frank, Y. Grosgogeat
      Pages 46-48
    6. J. K. Cywinski, J. R. Mniece, G. J. Ledee, J. Ruskin
      Pages 49-53
    7. S. Sequerra Amram
      Pages 54-58
  4. To Pace or not to Pace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Hilbert J. Th. Thalen
      Pages 61-72
    3. Mariusz J. Stopczyk
      Pages 73-77
    4. F.A. Pirzada, K. Venkataraman, J.E. Madias, W.B. Hood Jr.
      Pages 82-90
    5. G. Rábago, J. Fraile, N.G. De Vega, T. Moreno
      Pages 91-93
    6. J.N. Homan Vander Heide
      Pages 94-101
  5. Energy Sources and Electronic Circuit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Wilson Greatbatch
      Pages 105-108
    3. G. Lehmann, M. Broussely, P. Lenfant
      Pages 109-115
    4. A.A. Schneider, F. Tepper
      Pages 116-121
    5. J. Kreuzer, O. Elert, P. Satter
      Pages 122-125
    6. A.C.M. Renirie
      Pages 137-142
  6. Stimulation Electrodes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. A. Atrial Electrodes

      1. Myrvin H. Ellestad, John Messenger, Paul Greenberg, Mark Castellanet
        Pages 156-161
    3. B. Ventricular Electrodes

      1. Willy E. Meier, I. Babotai, Å. Senning
        Pages 191-195
      2. J. Bredikis, A. Dumcius, P. Stirbys, K. Muckus
        Pages 196-197
      3. J.W. Harthorne
        Pages 198-205
  7. The Choice of the Pacemaker-Electrode Combination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Sergio Dalla Volta, Ildebrando Maragno, Andrea Nava
      Pages 223-228
    3. A.H. Sheikh-Zadeh, H. Pour Kalbassi, M. Ataii, M.J. Tabaee-Zadeh
      Pages 229-232
  8. Round Table

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
  9. Pacemaker Implantation: Surgeon and/or Cardiologist

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. K. Steinbach, G. Joskowicz, A. Laczkovics
      Pages 253-258
    3. A.J. Dziatkowiak, J.W. Kozlowski
      Pages 259-262
    4. J. Warren Harthorne, John McDermott, Karen B. Peterson
      Pages 263-270
    5. Seymour Furman
      Pages 271-275

About this book


The increasing number of pacemaker patients correlates with the number of pacemaker meetings that attract physicians and medical engineers entering this expanding branch of medicine. The Pacemaker Colloquium organised in Brussels April 21st and 22nd 1977 was such a meeting. It was different from previous meetings as it had no surveys or summaries on patient series but instead it focused on controversial subjects that have emerged from pacing in the past and on new developments for the future. Besides controversial papers on indications for temporary and long-term pacing, new technical developments were presented in Brussels, where for the first time the important lithium battery manufacturers demonstrated their data. The surveys on electrodes, especially the fixation mechanisms and the atrial electrodes, initiated an animated discussion. This all converged in a Round Table on the choice of the electrode-pacemaker combination. Pacemaker electrocar­ diography and the application of cardiac stimulation in various types oftachyar­ rhythmias formed two clinically oriented sessions. Mter a survey ofthe various follow-up systems a series of presentations deals for the first time with the possibilities and difficulties of the application of com­ puters in cardiac pacing. A Round Table on the organisation of the Pacemaker clinic closed this friendly and animated meeting. It is our sincere hope that the publication of the presented papers and dis­ cussions in these Proceedings will help all those active in cardiac pacing to answer some of their problems and to improve the treatment of pacemaker patients.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hilbert J. Th. Thalen
    • 1
  • J. Warren Harthorne
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyUniversity HospitalGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Cardiac UnitMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9725-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9723-3
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