Heroes of Progress, Pt. 39: Dotter and Gruentzig
Introducing Charles Dotter and Andreas Gruentzig--two radiologists who pioneered angioplasty, which is a surgical procedure for widening narrow or blocked blood vessels. If left untreated, arterial atherosclerosis (i.e., plaque buildup in the veins) can cause severe medical problems, including coronary heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, etc. The World Economic Forum estimates that more than 15 million lives have been saved since Dotter’s initial discovery and Gruentzig’s subsequent improvement of angioplasty.
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