n more than 20 years since the first percutaneous coronary revascularization procedures, the field of interventional cardiology has proliferated beyond all expectations. Now more than 1 million procedures are performed worldwide each year. Stenting has revolutionized the field, which previously relied on balloon dilatation in the majority of patients. With 50% of patients now undergoing stent implantation, the groundwork is laid for further important advances. In this article, we discuss the 4 most important new advances in the field of interventional cardiology: platelet inhibition, prevention of restenosis, stent evolution, and angiogenesis.

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Circulation (Baltimore)
Cardiovascular Research School Erasmus University Rotterdam (COEUR)

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