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.

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Aortic stenosis prevalence and balloon aortic valvuloplasty publish

The transformation in the field of interventional cardiology is unprecedented. Since the late 1970's, rapid changes have taken place, and today, interventional cardiology encompasses an ever-growing list of diagnostic and therapeutic percutaneous procedures performed in the cathlab. The field was initially driven by the treatment of the vasculature system, but has expanded over the last 15 years to structural heart disease.

First FIM Percutaneously Implanted Heart Valve (PHV) implantation on 16 April, 2002

On April 16, 2002, at the Charles Nicolle University Hospital in Rouen, France, the Interventional Cardiologist, Professor Alain Cribier performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure in the world. He used a Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) percutaneous heart valve.

Prof. Alain Cribier


Alain Cribier

Alain G. Cribier

Alain Cribier, M.D., FACC, FESC (born in 1945) is a French interventional cardiologist and is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology at the University of Rouen's Charles Nicolle Hospital, France.

As part of celebrating the 15th year of TAVI, we are presenting a summary of Alain Cribier’s career highlights and quests.This page is dedicated to the personal life and accomplishments.

Celebration of the history of angioplasty - Travels

The 40 years of angioplasty Expo has gained an enormous popularity. To be more accessible to the community of interventional cardiologists, it is traveling online and around the world. This calendar provides a list of cardiology-related congresses, events and meetings that are hosting the 40 years of angioplasty Expo.

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

To watch the video "A Tribute to Andreas Gruentzig" (courtesy of, click here

Bioresorbable scaffolds versus metallic stents - interview with Patrick Serruys

18 May 2017

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.

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.

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.

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Spencer B. King

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.

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.