International Day for Interventional Cardiology – Sep 16

UN: International Day for Interventional Cardiology was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly in 2022 to honor the first successful coronary angioplasty on an awake patient performed by Andreas Grüntzig on September 16, 1977. Interventional cardiology is a sub-discipline of cardiology whose major aim is to deal with the catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases.

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Moreover, Interventional Cardiology is a new subdivision of cardiology that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Andreas Grüntzig, the German cardiologist and radiologist, is crowned as the father of interventional cardiology as he was the first person to develop and perform the first successful balloon angioplasty.

The good thing is that Interventional cardiology can diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions like:

  • Angina
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart valve disorders
  • Congenital heart defects
  • myocarditis (heart inflammation)
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)

The major aim of this International Day for Interventional Cardiology is to raise awareness of the importance of angioplasty and other interventional cardiology procedures. It will enhance health and quality of life, increasing life expectancy and lowering preventable death rates.

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