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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.

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History is the basis of progress

Antonio Colombo believes that understanding the history of angioplasty is important because it enables you to know “how things are shaped, how difficulties are overcome, and how you are able to use intelligence, persistence, and knowledge to achieve goals”. In this interview with The Daily Wire, he talks about the challenges of angioplasty in the early days, his contributions to the field, and what he thinks are the problems that need to be solved in the future.

Bioresorbable scaffolds versus metallic stents - interview with Patrick Serruys

Patrick Serruys has been instrumental in developing several key innovations in coronary angioplasty, including drug-eluting stents and quantitative coronary angiography. Furthermore, he became interested in developing bioresorbable scaffolds when he felt guilty about implanting a metallic stent into such “delicate biological structure” as the coronary vessel.

Experiencing the history of angioplasty

The 40 Years of Angioplasty Exposition, showcased during EuroPCR 2017, charted the conception, establishment, and potential future of interventional cardiology. Read more about the life & times of Andreas Gruentzig.

A guide through the evolution of interventional cardiology

Philippe Gaspard, an interventional cardiologist with over 35 years’ experience, was a firsthand witness of angioplasty’s early years. In his book “The History of Coronary Angioplasty” the author guides us through the field’s evolution while offering personal insights into the “paradigm shift” that followed the work of Andreas Grüntzig.

The greatest advance in the next 40 years would be to remove the need for angioplasty

Spencer B. King performed some of the first coronary angioplasty procedures in the USA—having recently received a thank-you from the first patient that he treated. He tells The Daily Wire that the steerable guidewire, rather than the stent, was the greatest advance in angioplasty and that obviating the need for angioplasty, by successfully managing atherosclerosis with medicine, would be the greatest advance in the next 40 years.

A collection of visionaries

There were many precursors to Andreas Grüntzig whose work made his achievement possible. The Exposition features a gallery of six of these pioneers. One such visionary was Charles Dotter (1920–1985), who in 1963, with the first use of a diagnostic catheter for a therapeutic purpose, invented interventional radiology.

EuroPCR 2017 - 40 years of Angioplasty - Opening Ceremony

16 May 2017

Celebrating 40 years of Angioplasty, one of modern medicine's greatest adventures at EuroPCR 2017! Watch the video presented at the Opening Ceremony - emotion guaranteed.

World's first angioplasty patient is still going strong

 
Forty years ago, Andreas Grüntzig performed the world’s first coronary angioplasty (PCI)—fundamentally changing the management of coronary artery disease. Bernhard Meier, who worked with A. Grüntzig and actually identified the patient for the procedure, talks to The Daily Wire about this first procedure and about his role as an angioplasty pioneer.