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Modern cardiology was born during the period of World War II, when the first heart operations were performed in the United States, Sweden and England and heart catheterization became a routine clinical procedure. There was only one specialist in Hungarian internal medicine, Gy?rgy Gottsegen, who recognized the advent of a new world in cardiology, realizing that without invasive diagnostics, modern cardiology ccould no longer exist. He was the founder of the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology in 1957 which was become the only centre in Hungary dedicated exclusively to cardiology. The clinical and scientific prestige of the Institute grew rapidly in Hungary and abroad necessitating a modern, more spacious building. In 1977, the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology moved to a modern new building which was already able to host the entire field of non-invasive and invasive cardiology, adult and pediatric cardiology and heart surgery as the largest cardiology centre in Hungary. The Department of Adult Cardiology of the Institute became the Department of Cardiology of the Semmelweis University. In the next decade, pediatric cardiology in Hungary experienced a tremendous progress and could no longer function on the 3rd floor of the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology building. It could not meet the increased requirements, waiting lists for catheter therapy or heart surgery were very long. Setting up a modern pediatric cardiology centre of rather larger capacity became a justified necessity. In 2000, the new state-of-the-art Pediatric Centre of the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology was opened. As an individual budgetary organization, the Hungarian Institute of Cardiology is functioning under the control of the Ministry of Health and covers the entire spectrum of pediatric and adult cardiology. The Gottsegen Hungarian Institute of Cardiology was founded to be one of the leading cardiology centers in Hungary as the background institution of the Ministry of Health. It provides a first-class service in cardiology patient care, scientific research, medical education and medical data collection. It covers the entire field of pediatric and adult cardiology performing the most comprehensive and expensive treatment modalities in Hungary as the only centre, such as interventional pediatric cardiology, pediatric heart surgery, pediatric and adult heart transplantation and ventricular assist device therapy, adult non-coronary catheter interventions (closure of intracardiac communications and valvular interventions), adult congenital heart disease therapy. The faculty is young and dynamic, and was trained in the leading cardiology centers of Europe, North America and Australia. The Gottsegen Hungarian Institute of Cardiology is committed to providing excellence in multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and innovative cardiovascular care. A dedicated team of adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, and cardiac nurses has been assembled to provide the very best in cardiology. The Gottsegen Hungarian Institute of Cardiology