Our Medical Breakthroughs

2008

LHSC cardiologists are the first in North America to implant an insertable cardiac monitor that offers long-term and continuous monitoring for atrial fibrillation.

2007

A team of LHSC cardiologists develops the world's first pacemaker implantation procedure using virtual reality technology.

The CSTAR surgical team performs a totally endoscopic closed-chest coronary artery bypass surgery with the help of the daVinci®, a first for Canada.

2006

Cardiologists at LHSC University Hospital is one of the two independent Canadian medical teams to perform the impedance-mapping technology during a pulmonary vein ablation procedure (PVA).

2005

Canada's first minimally invasive robotically assisted double bypass surgery, a multi vessel small thorocotomy (MVST), is performed at LHSC.

An interdisciplinary team performs the world's first robotic assisted left atrial appendage ligation at LHSC.

2004

The CSTAR team is the first in North America to complete two different procedures to clear blocked arteries, minimally invasive robotic-assisted heart bypass surgery and angioplasty with stenting, at the same time in the operating room.

2003

LHSC surgeons are the first in Canada to use a four-armed daVinci® to complete a single coronary artery bypass surgery.

Results of an international study shows that the common high blood pressure drug ramipril can prevent heart failure in high risk cardiovascular patients.

2002

LHSC cardiologists complete a left atrial appendage occlusion, a new procedure for stroke prevention, which closes the area of the heart where the majority of blood clots form.

LHSC study determines that patients with congestive heart failure have an improved quality of life with a new pacemaker that works on both sides of the heart.


2000

LHSC's surgical team performs the first minimally invasive robotic-assisted mitral valve heart surgery in Canada.


1999

LHSC's surgical team successfully completes the world's first closed-chest, robotic-assisted beating heart coronary artery bypass graft (GABG).


1998

An LHSC team is the first in Canada to perform voice-activated robotic-assisted minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery.


1997

LHSC cardiac surgeons are the first in Canada to perform a revolutionary method of video-assisted minimally invasive heart surgery.

1996

A team of researchers accomplishes a world-first when they develop a miniature recording device that monitors the heartbeat during fainting spells.


1989

The first Cardiac stent insertion in Canada is performed at Victoria Hospital.


1987

The world's first pacemaker cardioverter defibrillator (PCD) is implanted at University Hospital.


1981

LHSC University Hospital performs the world's first heart operation to correct life threatening right ventricular dysphasia.

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