Interpretation of coronary angiograms prior to PTCA: Pitfalls and problems

  • Rüdiger Simon
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 173)


The indication for coronary angioplasty and related techniques has widened dramatically since its first application in 1977 [1]. Enhanced operator skills and improved technology have permitted an expanded use of interventional catheter methods in patients that were previously deemed too high risk or impossible candidates such as elderly patients, those with multiple or complex lesions, those with lesions at vessel origins, or patients with poor left ventricular function or prior bypass surgery [2].


Coronary Flow Reserve Coronary Angiogram Chronic Total Occlusion Left Main Coronary Artery Left Circumflex Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rüdiger Simon
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  1. 1.Klinik für Kardiologie, I. Medizinische Universitäts-KlinikChristian-Albrechts-UniversitätKielGermany

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