Australia's role in improving global cardiovascular health

Peter L Thompson
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (8): 434-435. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00373

Do Australian trends in cardiovascular disease have lessons for other countries?

On 4–7 May this year, Melbourne will host the World Congress of Cardiology, a tribute to the high international regard in which Australian cardiology research and practice are held. Australia's achievements in cardiology are considerable, with well substantiated claims for the invention of the world's first cardiac pacemaker in the 1920s1 and the establishment of the first coronary care unit in the 1960s.2

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  • Peter L Thompson1,2

  • 1 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 2 School of Medicine and Pharmacology and School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.

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