Early Methods of Myocardial Revascularization

  • Bernard L. Tucker
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 211)


Heberden, when he made the classic description of angina pectoris in 1772, was not concerned about the relationship between the anginal syndrome and coronary artery disease [1]. Over the next one hundred and fifty years, the understanding of the pathology, pathophysiology, and the clinical correlation slowly evolved. By the early 20th century, the clinical presentation and consequences of sudden coronary artery occlusion were recognized [2]. However, surgery of the heart was in its infancy. Rehn in 1896 had sutured a cardiac laceration, and ten years later Trendelenberg performed surgery for massive pulmonary embolus. The 1920’s saw mitral valve surgery begun by Souttar and Cutler [3]. It was in this setting that the first procedures designed to treat patients with myocardial ischemia were developed.


Coronary Artery Angina Pectoris Myocardial Blood Flow Coronary Sinus Saphenous Vein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard L. Tucker
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  1. 1.Good Samaritan HospitalLos AngelesUSA

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