The History of Research on Coronary Angiography and Coronary Angioplasty



The history of coronary angiography and intervention begins with the first human heart catheterization performed in 1929, continues with a series of progressive technical and cultural developments, such as selective coronary angiography, direct needle vascular puncture, pre-shaped dedicated coronary catheters, refinement of radial access, and merges into the new exciting field of endovascular intervention, thanks to the pivotal work of C. Dotter and, above all, A. Gruentzig, who set the pace for one of the most rapidly growing and challenging branches of modern medicine. This chapter briefly takes the reader along the path of this adventure.


Coronary Angiography Radial Artery Coronary Angioplasty Triple Vessel Disease Direct Puncture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catheterization Laboratory, Department of Cardiovascular MedicineSan Bortolo HospitalVicenzaItaly

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