Heroes of Progress, Pt. 36: Wilson Greatbatch
Introducing Wilson Greatbatch, the American engineer and inventor who created the first implantable pacemaker. The implanted pacemaker uses electrical pulses to ensure that the patient’s heart beats at a normal pace. The life expectancy for people with a pacemaker is the same as that for the general public and receiving a pacemaker is generally considered a low-risk operation. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are implanted with a pacemaker and the World Economic Forum has estimated that since its invention, the pacemaker has already saved 8 million lives.
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