The evolution of percutaneous coronary intervention in Asia: in celebration of the 40th anniversary of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

Runlin Gao
AsiaIntervention 2017;3:95-96, DOI: 10.4244/AIJV3I2A19

Forty years ago, in September 1977, Dr Andreas Grüntzig heralded the era of interventional cardiology by successfully performing the first percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in Zurich, Switzerland1. Through live demonstration courses, he went on to train cardiologists from around the world, leading to the rapid introduction of PTCA into clinical practice in the rest of Europe, the United States and beyond.

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