TOBY R. ENGEL, M.D.; STEVEN G. MEISTER, M.D.
Last summer the popular news media, ever eager for a "breakthrough," gave a good bit of space and time to a new approach to the treatment of coronary heart disease, coronary percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (1-3). In this technique a guiding catheter introduced via the femoral artery is positioned in the orifice of the right or left main coronary artery. A very small caliber balloon-tipped catheter is then passed through the guiding catheter and, if possible, advanced through a coronary stenosis so that the balloon is positioned within the lesion (which cannot be done when the stenosis is most critical, for
ENGEL TR, MEISTER SG. Coronary Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty. Ann Intern Med. 1979;90:268–269. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-2-268
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