The dawn of a new era in the struggle against sudden cardiac death
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The year 2009 is important for Dutch cardiology. It marks not only the 75th anniversary of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology, but also the starting of ICD therapy, 25 years ago. The first ICD implant in the Netherlands was carried out in Utrecht by the cardiac surgeon Dr Penn with the technical assistance of Mr Seah Nisam in April 1984. The patient was referred from Maastricht by Professor Wellens. Referral was needed since Maastricht had no cardiac surgery department at that time.
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