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- Richard R. Heuser, MD∗ ()
- ↵∗University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix Heart Center, 555 North 18th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix, Arizona 85006
I read with interest the letter in the Research Correspondence from Martin Kaltenbach, entitled “40 Years of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Historical Remark on the Development and Evolution of Guidewire Technology” (1). The late 70s and early 80s were an exciting time in interventional cardiology. Prof. Kaltenbach was not only an innovator, but his support and contribution to angioplasty needs to be emphasized. Not everyone was as supportive of this young East German immigrant usurping the surgical approach to coronary artery disease. Kaltenbach invited and welcomed Andreas Gruentzig to perform procedures at his hospital and supported Andreas at a time where not everyone was his friend. At the 40th anniversary of percutaneous coronary intervention, both Kaltenbach, Tassaio Bonzel, and others were part of that early team that need more recognition for their outstanding and selfless support of technology and treatment that many of us take for granted (2).
Please note: Dr. Heuser has reported that he has no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation
- Kaltenbach M.
- Bonzel T.