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The mission of PCR is to serve the needs of each individual patient by helping the cardiovascular community to share knowledge, experience and practice. Its activities cover a large spectrum, from the organisation of annual courses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to editing a scientific journal, publishing textbooks as well as providing training sessions and online courses on thematic subjects. Courses are based on themes like Coronary Interventions, Hypertension and Stroke, Peripheral Interventions, Valvular Disease and Heart Failure.

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Celebration of the history of angioplasty - Calendar

The 40 years of angioplasty EXPO has gained an enormous popularity. To make it more accessible to the community of interventional cardiologist, it will travel online and arround the world.
This calendar provides a list of cardiology-related congresses, events and meetings that will be hosting the 40 years of angioplasty EXPO.

Spotlight on 40 years of angioplasty

In 2017 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of angioplasty. As part of this celebration, PCR has chosen to launch a number of initiatives to commemorate which is surely one of modern medicine's greatest adventures.

How to become an Andreas Grüntzig in the 21st century

The contributions of Andreas Grüntzig to modern medicine are huge, though it may be argued that serendipity accounted for a significant part of his success. He came to Zürich to be a disciple of Robert Hegglin, an internist. Hegglin died shortly after Grüntzig’s arrival, obliging him to find a substitute tutor in the person of Alfred Bollinger, an angiologist, whose diagnostic skills he quickly acquired.

Authors :

Bernhard Meier

Commemorating the 15-year anniversary of TAVI: insights into the early stages of development, from concept to human application, and perspectives

A. Cribier. shares his experience of cardiac catheterisation in the early 1970s and follow the fascinating evolution of the technology over the past 40 years.

Authors :

Alain Cribier

The History of Coronary Angioplasty - the book

In 2017 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of angioplasty. As part of this celebration, PCR has chosen to launch a number of initiatives to commemorate which is surely one of modern medicine's greatest adventures. One of them is the production of a book - "The History of Coronary Angioplasty", tracing back what started as a "crazy idea" to what has since then saved countless lives. With this reference book, join us to investigate this gripping story and discover it as it unfolded... told by witnesses to those exciting times.

Philippe Gaspard, a firsthand witness of angioplasty’s early years, guides us through the field’s evolution based on the work of Andreas Grüntzig. Find out more about "A guide through the evolution of interventional cardiology".

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His master’s art, Andreas Grüntzig’s approach to performing and teaching coronary angioplasty

Andreas Roland Grüntzig (1939-1985) was an accomplished clinician and an astute scientist. He was also a practical man endowed with dexterity, smartness, and common sense.

Authors :

Bernhard Meier

What is it to become an octogenarian 40 years after the first angioplasty?

In 1985, four pioneers, Charles Dotter, Melvin Judkins, Mason Sones, and Andreas Grüntzig died in the same year. They have probably opened a wonderful diagnostic and interventional suite together in heaven.

Authors :

Patrick W. Serruys

Andreas Grüntzig (1939–1985)

 Andreas Grüntzig’s vision and perspicacity drove an entire new field of cardiology.


This page is dedicated to his personal life and accomplishments with a dedicated tribute from Spencer B. King III

Pioneering Spirit

The first generation of pioneers has inspired thousands of interventional cardiologists and new technology platforms. Discover the pioneering spirit through inspirational quotes and thoughts.