1. Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, NY, USA
The rise of modern interventional cardiology was ushered in by the revolutionary performance of the first coronary angioplasty procedure by Andreas Gruentzig over 40 years ago. Since then, interventional cardiology has experienced several additional revolutions, including the introduction of primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction, the advent of intracoronary stent technology, and the most recent rise of structural heart intervention. Long gone, however, are the days of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on focal 80% lesions such as the one first treated by Gruentzig. In fact, it seems that the proportion of these types of lesion decreases year after year, to the ...
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