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Late Stent Thrombosis in Drug-Eluting Stents: Reports presented at the 2006 World Congress of Cardiology have called attention to potential problems with drug-eluting stents.
 

Geoffrey Hartzler, MDEmergency Angioplasty For Heart Attack: In 1980, Dr. Geoffrey Hartzler first used angioplasty to treat (and stop) a heart attack in progress. Very controversial then, emergency PTCA today is the recommended therapy for acute myocardial infarction.

     
Drug-Eluting Stents: Drug-eluting stents (or coated stents, or medicated stents) have been touted as solving one of the biggest problems of interventional coronary treatment: restenosis -- or reclosure of the artery.
 

Gregg W. Stone, MDInterview with Gregg W. Stone, MD: A discussion with a leading interventional cardiologist and principal investigator for the TAXUS IV clinical trial about the impact of the drug-eluting stent revolution on patients.

     
Gene Therapy and Angiogenesis: Behind headlines like "heart grows its own bypass" is the dynamic field of genetic research in which various methods are being tested to increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, most using catheter-based delivery systems.
 
History of Angioplasty: In 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland, a young physician named Andreas Gruentzig inserted a catheter into a patient's coronary artery and inflated a tiny balloon, opening a blockage and restoring blood flow to a human heart. Explore the history of this innovation through videos, interviews with pioneers, timeline and biographies.


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