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1. Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York, New York, USA; 2. Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, United Kingdom
The origins of interventional cardiology are mostly credited to incomparable geniuses such as Charles Dotter and Melvin Judkins1, who introduced the concept of transluminal angioplasty in 1964, but actually it never took off until another genius innovator, Andreas Gruentzig, developed the basis for the current balloon angioplasty technology2. What perhaps we do not remember as often is that true interventional cardiology started far before this angioplasty concept – or for that matter, even the Rashkind balloon atrial septostomy3 – when Drs. Rubio and Limon-Lason in Mexico did the first balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty using a urethral catheter over a wire4. Again, it took Semb ...

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