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An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The pacemaker

The pacemaker

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The pacemaker

One of the earliest pacemaker models, manufactured between 1958 and 1960. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

The pacemaker

Rune Elmqvist, the inventor of the pacemaker, together with surgeon Åke Senning and their first patient Arne Larsson. Photo: St Jude Medical.

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The pacemaker

Today more than 3 million heart patients in the world can live a good life thanks to the pacemaker, a small electronic device which stimulates the heart. In Sweden approximately 44,000 people use a pacemaker.

The heart is a pump which is controlled by electrical signals. A pacemaker is a small box which is surgically implanted under the collarbone, close to the heart. It sends electrical signals to the heart when it beats irregularly and does not function properly.

The inventor, Rune Elmqvist, developed the pacemaker together with the surgeon, Åke Senning. It was first implanted in 1958. The patient was named Arne Larsson. His wife, Else-Marie had heard about the research and pressed for her husband to have a chance. Thanks to the pacemaker Arne lived until he was 86 years old.

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