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Pioneers, teachers and students: the "how-to" of cardiovascular interventions

EuroIntervention 2009;5:285-287.

1. The Heart Hospital, University College London, London, United Kingdom; 2. Klinik für Kardiologie und Angiologie, Elisabeth Krankenhaus, Essen, Germany; 3. Division of Cardiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland; 4. Clini
The history of interventional cardiovascular medicine is a history of visionaries and pioneers, of true believers and hard working scientists. The distinct starting point remains unclear; however, we know that already in the 19th century “cardiac catheterisation” was performed by the French physiologist Bernard to record intracardiac pressure in animals1.

The first cardiac catheterisation in man took place in 1929 in Eberswald, Germany, when Werner Forssmann, a young surgical resident, inserted a catheter in his antecubital vein and, proceeded to an x-ray room where he documented the catheter’s position in his right atrium2.

In 1958, while conducting an aortic ...

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