Cardiology is that medical specialty that focuses on understanding and treating heart disease. The history of cardiology is replete with many breakthroughs in understanding about how the heart works, what can go wrong, and what can be done to restore health to the heart. Here are some of the highlights of the history of cardiology.
- 1628 William Harvey, an English Physician, first describes blood circulation.
- 1706 Raymond de Vieussens, a French anatomy professor, first describes the structure of the heart’s chambers and vessels.
- 1733 Stephen Hales, an English clergyman and scientist, first measures blood pressure.
- 1816 Rene T. H. Laennec, a French physician, invents the stethoscope.
- 1903 Willem Einthoven, a Dutch physiologist, develops the electrocardiograph.
- 1912 James B. Herrick, an American physician, first describes heart disease resulting from hardening of the arteries.
- 1938 Robert E. Gross, an American surgeon, performs first heart surgery.
- 1944 Alfred Blalock an American surgeon and his assistant Vivien Thomas created a shunt from the aorta to the pulmonary artery to treat blue baby syndrome.
- 1951 Charles Hufnagel, an American surgeon, develops a plastic valve to repair an aortic valve.
- 1952 F. John Lewis, an American surgeon, performs first successful open heart surgery.
- 1953 John H. Gibbon, an American surgeon, first uses a mechanical heart and blood purifier.
- 1961 J. R. Jude, an American cardiologist, leads a team performing the first external cardiac massage to restart a heart.
- 1965 Michael DeBakey and Adrian Kantrowitz, American surgeons, implant mechanical devices to help a diseased heart.
- 1967 Christiaan Barnard, a South African surgeon, performs the first whole heart transplant from one person to another.
- 1982 Willem DeVries, an American surgeon, implants a permanent artificial heart, designed by Robert Jarvik, an American physician, into a patient.