Historical Account: Interventional Cardiology

  • Oliver Gaemperli
  • Thomas F. Lüscher


History of catheter-based coronary and cardiac intervention spans more than three decades of unprecedented expansion of treatment options available to patients with coronary artery and more recently also structural heart disease. Starting at the kitchen table of one of the most prominent pioneers in cardiac care of the twentieth century, it has become standard care of treatment employing expert skills and high-technology instrumentation worldwide. In this chapter, some of the stepping stones proceeding the current era are reviewed.


Cardiac Catheterization Structural Heart Disease Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Interventional Cardiology Access Site Complication 
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We are thankful to Maria Schlumpf for her important contribution and background information on Andreas Grüntzig.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Imaging, Cardiovascular CenterUniversity Hospital ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, Cardiovascular CenterUniversity Hospital ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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