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40 years of angioplasty – remembering patients and pioneers

Less than a century ago, no doctor would dare to touch a human heart. Only five decades ago, the basic therapy for a heart attack was to lie down and bear it.

Authors :

Robert A. Byrne


Early ideas, clinical needs and determination drive many technologies. Please find in this gallery an eclectic selection of devices and technologies that have accompanied the evolution of coronary angioplasty.

ETHICA Awardees in angioplasty

Here find the winners of the Ethica Award, the highest honor given out by PCR to recognize and celebrate people who have made outstanding contributions to interventional procedures and patient care.

Andreas Gruentzig’s second teaching course

Andreas Gruentzig’s second teaching course in Zurich 1980. Recognize anyone?

Andreas Gruntzig1, Maria Schlumpf2, Mason Sones3, Charles Dotter4, Melvin Judkins5, Hans Peter Krayenbuhl6, Richard Myler7, Simon Sterzer8, Gerald Dorros9, Eduardo Sousa10, Jim Margolis11, David Williams12, Bernard Valeix13, Bernard Meier14, Charlotta Gruntzig15


Andreas Grüntzig’s visionary moment came from his conscientious study of the past, linking various discoveries and ideas from his precursors, combining them to reach his dream.

History of angioplasty

Each milestone in the history of coronary angioplasty has inspired new insights, innovations and tools used in the science of treating coronary disease. These innovations continue to drive new frontiers in interventional cardiology. For 40 years, interventional procedures have spread around the world and comprise millions procedures each year.

Find out more about how this discipline evolved and where it is headed.

Education in angioplasty

Critical reflections and perspectives on how knowledge and education between 1977 and 2017 have evolved, driven clinical success and adapted to current and changing needs. In this section, learn more about the evolution of education in interventional cardiology, the first courses, a postgraduate evolution by J. Marco, Techniques and Trials like the dotter technique, balloon catheters, balloon angioplasty, bifurcation stenting and more...

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Key figures in angioplasty

Learn more about the creativity, ambition and determination of memorable figures in interventional cardiology by exploring the profiles of several famous interventional cardiologists who made ingenious discoveries. In this section you can find out more about Andreas Grüntzig, the Precursors, the Pioneers and Ethica Awardees.

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.