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16/01/1964 Angioplasty is first performed by Charles Dotter

Dotter saved a leg to 82-year-old woman with painful leg ischemia and gangrene. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive, endovascular procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins, typically to treat arterial atherosclerosis. A deflated balloon attached to a catheter s passed over a guide-wire into the narrowed vessel and then inflated to a fixed size.