The Pacemaker

Accidentally Invented By: Wilson Greatbatch

The Facts

The pacemaker was invented in 1956 by Wilson Greatbatch.It is used today to control abnormal heart rhythms.

Fun eXtras

  • About 1 million people worldwide are implanted with a pacemaker every year
  • After age 65, a person's chance of needing medical imaging doubles -- the same demographic group that is most likely to need an electronic implantable device
  • An estimated 1.5 million Americans have a pacemaker today.

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