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THE FIRST CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY was performed on September 16, 1977 by Dr. Andreas Gruentzig at University Hospital in Zurich. In this video clip, the story is told by the patient himself, Mr. Adolph Bachmann, now 72 years old, and his physician, Dr. Bernhard Meier. Gruentzig not only invented coronary angioplasty, but opened an entirely new branch of medicine that made possible treatment for a variety of diseases without the need for surgery. (2:33)
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