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Milestones of Zabrze cardiology and cardiac surgery

Silesian Center for Heart Diseases in Zabrze welcomed its first patient in 1984. Since then, thousands of patients entered Center`s doors, convinced that the place has enormous potential and experience to treat them properly. Such believe one can only have when the past determines the present.
The Center`s history may be short, yet fulfilled with numerous clinical and scientific achievements.
15.08.1985: Department of Cardiac Surgery is founded (by prof. Zbigniew Religa)
05.11.1985: 1st heart transplantation ever to be performed in Poland
1986: The first intensive coronary care unit with invasive treatment opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to be opened in Poland. Treating acute coronary syndromes with primary angioplasty becomes a new standard. This model of acute coronary syndrome treatment, has been then remastered and introduced nationwide. Today, it is considered to be an exemplary in this part of Europe.
13.11.1987: start of first in Poland Mechanical Circulatory program (BERNO, TAH, BERLIN VAD, ZABRZE POLVAD)
1993: first in Poland procedures in chronic pulmonary embolism
1995: developement of coronary revascularization - a base of Zabrze coronary surgery
1996: launch of the program on Reconstruction of Impaired Mitral Valve following Myocardial Infarction
1998: first successful lung transplant in Poland
1999: first in Poland to implant aortic stentgraft of own manufacture
1999: start of first in Poland Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery Program
2000: initation of ECMO Program
2000: start of Surgical Endo-and Epicardial Ablation program (first center in Poland)
2001: first in Poland successful heart and lung transplantation
2001: fisrt in Poland transcatheter umbrella closure of postinfarction ventricular septal defect
2003: first in Poland successful lung transplantation
2004: start of hybrid surgery for aortic aneyrysm repair
2008: first in Poland successful heart transplantation in infant
26.11.2008: start of TAVI program in Poland, in high risk patients and patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (using transfemoral and transapical approach)
2009: first in Poland implantation of VAD type Heart Ware
2010: successful minimally invasive TECAB in 103-years-old woman
2011: first in Poland successful minimally invasive lung transplantation in patient with cystic fibrosis
2012: first in Poland successful lung transplant in 17-years old patient with cystic fibrosis
The medical staff of the Center, actively participates in scientific development of contemporary medicine, sharing knowledge and experience with heart care professionals. Only in last few years 2007-2011 208 our articles have been published in medical journals tfrom Philadeplhia list, of total IF=443,4.
More than 1000 reports were presented during  national symposiums and 700 during international meetings, and over 200 book chapters were written to various medical manuals and texbooks.