Managing patients with coronary artery stenosis has substantially improved since percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty with balloon inflation was introduced in 1977. At that time, cardiac surgery dominated, and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty was limited to the most favorable lesions; the procedure had a relatively high complication and failure rate. Rapid advances in technology have inverted the balance such that most coronary artery lesions needing intervention are now treated with stents.
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