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Commemorating the 15-year anniversary of TAVI: insights into the early stages of development, from concept to human application, and perspectives

EuroIntervention 2017;13:29-37. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV13I1A3

Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Rouen, Rouen, France

It has been a great privilege for all cardiologists who, like me, started their experience of cardiac catheterisation in the early 1970s, to follow the fascinating evolution of the technology over the past 40 years. For all of us, the crucial milestone has been the invention of percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty by Andreas Grüntzig, and the first coronary angioplasty performed by him in September 1977, of which we are celebrating the 40th anniversary. We can be profoundly indebted to him, not only for having introduced such a revolutionary creative approach for the treatment of coronary artery disease, initiating at the ...

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