40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PACEMAKER CENTRE
Belgrade, 13 September 2007 – His Royal Highness Crown Prince
Alexander II, patron of the National Pacemaker Centre of the Institute for
Cardio-Vascular Diseases of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, opened today the
Conference at the Hyatt hotel in Belgrade, dedicated to the marking of the 40th
anniversary of the Centre. The Conference will last two days and will include an
This Pacemaker Centre is the oldest of its kind in this part
of Europe and has gained a worldwide reputation. It is also the leader in the
The waiting lists for pacemaker implantations in Serbia used
to be long. In 2000, about 1,100 persons awaited this important operation. This
is very serious because of the vary nature of the disease, patients usually have
no time. Half of those diagnosed die within the first year, unless they are
implanted a pacemaker. Until 2003, about half of those who were on waiting
lists, had passed away. Since then, the situation has improved a lot along with
the general improvement in the country, and now there are no waiting lists.
There are enough pace makers and pacemaker-defibrillators, and operations take
place within 7 to 10 days after the medical check-up. This was not possible
without the extraordinary efforts of Serbian doctors. Apart from practically
completely reducing waiting lists, new Centres have been opened. In 2004, there
were 6 pacemaker services in Serbia, and by the end of 2008, it is expected that
their number will be between 16 and 18, which will be the highest number of
pacemaker centres in the region. The FDA US Agency has praised the work of this
Centre. Apart from all this, a new method of pacemaker therapy has been used for
some time (CRT pacemakers), which involve complex operations which can sometimes
last for 4 or 5 hours. The Centre has trained doctors from other parts of
Serbia, and now there are 4 CRT pacemaker centres in our country.
The Conference and Seminar will include themes such as modern
pacemaker therapy and the issues facing cardiologists today, both locally and
globally. 11 experts from the field, all known worldwide, will exchange ideas,
knowledge and experiences with their Serbian counterparts. It is expected that
250 cardiologists from Serbia and the region will attend this important event.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II opened the
Conference and addressed the present and, among other things, emphasized: „My
wife Princess Katherine and I are honoured to be with you today. I was very
pleased when I heard that our pacemaker Centre is among the leading ones in
Europe, when it comes to the number of pacemakers and the quality of the result.
I am glad that the most significant institution of our health system has a
Centre such as this one, where patients are treated with modern methods. As you
know, my wife Princess Katherine and her Foundation are doing so much to improve
the condition of our health care system. I am glad that you will be able to
learn a lot from the seminar you will be taking tomorrow. There is no progress
without adequate education“.
The Crown Prince in the end wished everyone a lot of success.