Angioplasty and coronary stents

A relatively new development, the first coronary angioplasty was performed in 1977 and the first coronary stent was placed in 1986. Due to these advances, physicians have been able to help reduce the affects of and deaths associated with heart disease and the need for open heart surgery. <i>Photo: KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images</i>

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A relatively new development, the first coronary angioplasty was performed in 1977 and the first coronary stent was placed in 1986. Due to these advances, physicians have been able to help reduce the affects of and deaths associated with heart disease and the need for open heart surgery. Photo: KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images

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