Celebrating the 40 years of Angioplasty

A retrospective exposition retracing the early years of Angioplasty will be held at EuroPCR next May. Join the celebrations!


40 years of Angioplasty

PCR is proud to commemorate the 40th anniversary of angioplasty by setting up a retrospective exposition that retraces the major milestones in the history of interventional cardiology. This project is the result of a passionate exchange between the members of the PCR Board and a group of young practitioners who expressed sincere interest in learning about the origins, evolution and future of the interventional cardiology field.              

The celebration will be the central theme of the Course, including the Opening Ceremony, Expo Inauguration Cocktail, Exclusive « Meet the Pioneers » session, Daily Wire coverage... And a fully dedicated section on PCRonline.com to extend the experience and the sharing of knowledge. After EuroPCR, the Expo will travel to other PCR meetings with expanded content (structural heart / TAVI, peripheral..).Use the hashtag #Angio40 to join the conversation on Twitter!

40 years of Angioplasty in pictures

Opening Ceremony

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!

What will the exposition look like?

The exposition will be located on the 3rd floor of the Palais des Congrès during EuroPCR 2017, in a quiet and dedicated area, so that the Course participants can immerse themselves in the early days of this pioneering journey.

Educational: participants will navigate through twelve interactive modules including a history timeline and a gallery of early devices among others. The aim is to share history and learning, not to glorify the past.

Interactive: visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute and expand the exposition. As for any other PCR initiative, this project will be made By and For participants.

Inspirational: focusing on the early years, the exposition will highlight the pioneering and audacious spirit required to achieve new frontiers and it will travel and expand to other PCR Courses all throughout the year.

Devoted Sessions

Attend devoted sessions to discuss and share with early pioneers of the field!

  • « Meet the pioneers » session: Wednesday 17 from 12:30 to 14:00 – Room Learning (level 1) with J. Belardi, P. De Feyter, R. Gao, J. Marco
  •  « Burning questions and meet the pioneers » session: Friday 19 from 8:30 to 10:00 – Room Maillot (Level 2) with I. Al Rasdan, A. Colombo, A. Cribier, S.B. King II, P.W. Serruys, U.Sigwart

 "History of Coronary Angiolasty", the book retracing the evolution of the field

"History of Coronary Angioplasty", a book by Lyon based Interventional Cardiologist Philippe Gaspard is our special gift for all the expo visitors!

In his book the author guides us through the field’s evolution while handing us personal insights into the intelligence, sweat, tears, determination and luck that were behind the "paradigm shift" that influenced the work and leadership of Andreas Grüntzig.

History of Coronary Angioplasty by Philippe Gaspard at EuroPCR 2017


“It is only by fully understanding the story contained in this book that we can fully construct the future, and this book must thus become one of the references in our domain – a story which has been transmitted to us by Philippe Gaspard in a fashion that is at one and the same time exhaustive, comprehensive and deeply honest.”

Prof. Jean Marco

Visit the Expo on Level 3 and have your book signed!

  • Tuesday 16 - 16:00
  • Wednesday - 13:00 & 16:00
  • Thursday - 13:00

Pioneer Sponsors

Abbott Benefactor Sponsor