Stenting of Coronary Arteries — The Ideal Revascularization Technique: Reality, Dream, Mystery or Myth?

  • D. P. Foley
  • H. M. van Beusekom
  • B. H. Strauss
  • W. J. van der Giessen
  • P. W. Serruys

Abstract

The late Andreas Grüntzig performed the first nonoperative dilatation of a coronary artery narrowing (or “percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty” — as he christened his creation), in Zurich, Switzerland, in September 1987 [1]. Happily for Dr. Grüntzig, the patient, and indeed for modern science, in particular the then burgeoning specialty of “interventional cardiology” (a term also coined by Grüntzig), the procedure was successful. Furthermore, 10 years later, that first patient underwent repeat angiography (during an “angioplasty course” at Emory University) revealing no restenosis. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is now practised worldwide and offered to patients as a viable alternative to coronary artery bypass graft surgery or pharmacological therapy.

Keywords

Cholesterol Catheter Lipase Aspirin Heparin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. P. Foley
  • H. M. van Beusekom
  • B. H. Strauss
  • W. J. van der Giessen
  • P. W. Serruys
    • 1
  1. 1.Catheterisation Laboratory, ThoraxcenterErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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