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Term: angioplasty
Literally meaning: “vessel forming” or “vessel molding””
Origin: Anc Greek
αγγείο/aggio (=vessel, receptacle) > άγγος/aggos(=tube)
+πλάσσω/plasso(=to shape)
  
Coined/History
The term was coined in January of 1964 by vascular radiologist Charles  Dotter (1920-1985) who invented the catheter-delivered stent and performed the first angioplasty in an 82-year-old woman with painful leg ischemia. Dotter claimed that “catheters should replace scalpels” but it was not until around 1980 that this technique gained acceptance in US.

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Definition
Angioplasty is a non-surgical  procedure which is performed for  arteries widening with a help of catheter. Usually angioplasty referred to confined or scattered areas of blockage within a coronary artery due to atherosclerosis. 

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