[Series] Coronary balloon angioplasty, stents, and scaffolds
Since the first coronary angioplasty on Sept 16, 1977, the field of percutaneous coronary intervention has evolved rapidly. Now marking its 40th anniversary, percutaneous coronary intervention has become one of the most common medical procedures worldwide. Much of this progress has been due to the iteration and improvement of angioplasty technologies. Balloon angioplasty was limited by unpredictable procedural outcomes due to vessel dissection and recoil, and a high rate of restenosis. The introduction of stents resulted in more stable early results and lower rates of restenosis, although early stent thrombosis and neointimal hyperplasia causing vessel renarrowing were key limitations.