Thursday, January 16, 1964: Angioplasty

The first angioplasty (excerpt from BBC): Laura Shaw, 82, had been advised that a blocked artery in her leg would mean her foot had to be amputated. Dr. Charles Dotter, working at the University of Oregon Hospital, had other ideas. He removed the blockage in her femoral artery using nothing more than a piece of tubing made from Teflon, inserted into the body via a blood vessel punctured with a needle. 
-- Full BBC story: @
-- Images of artery and catheters from Interventional News via Dotter Interventional Institute

"Transluminal Treatment of Arteriosclerotic Obstruction: Description of a New Technic and a Preliminary Report of Its Application" (Dotter and Judkins, Circulation journal, November 1964): @
* "Percutaneous interventional cardiac procedures" (from "Oxford Textbook of Medicine," 2003): @
* "Charles Theodore Dotter: The Father of Intervention" (Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2001): @
* "A medical milestone: the 50th anniversary of angioplasty": @
* "Clearing an Artery" (Life magazine, August 14, 1964): @
* Angioplasty.org: @
* "Coronary Balloon Angioplasty and Stents" (from MedicineNet.com): @
* Dotter Interventional Institute: @ 

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