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
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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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