Introduction and Historical Background

  • Thomas Ischinger
Conference paper


The feasibility of percutaneous transluminal balloon dilatation of coronary stenoses was not an accidental finding such as often do occur in medicine, but the result of several years of dedicated work: inspired by the telescope-like catheter system introduced by Charles Dotter and Melvin Judkins in 1964 [1, 2], in the early 1970s Dr. Andreas Gruentzig developed an inflatable balloon for dilatation of localized atherosclerotic obstructions in human peripheral arteries [3]. While gathering experience and learning from the results of peripheral angioplasty in a large number of patients, Gruentzig worked toward the goal of modifying the technique for intracoronary use.


Coronary Angioplasty Dilatation Catheter Dilatation Pressure Peripheral Angioplasty Distal Coronary Pressure 
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