On Sept. 16, 1977, Dolf Bachmann, then 38 years old, became the first patient to undergo balloon angioplasty. At 68 years old Mr. Bachmann described himself “in excellent condition, free of complications and happy all around.” Having sold a business that he built over 25 years, he says he enjoys an “excellent life,” with hobbies including hiking, Nordic walking, skiing, working in his garden and playing cards.
When Mr. Bachmann arrived at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sept. 15, 1977, doctors confirmed his condition: angina pectoris – chest pain caused by too little blood (and oxygen) reaching the heart muscle due to blockage in the artery.
You may feel pressure, squeezing, burning, or tightness in your chest. You may. . . .
To diagnose angina, your doctor will begin by doing a physical exam. He or she. . . .
Is sharp chest pain a medical emergency? When to call a. . . .
Angina is essentially not a disease. It is a symptom of an underlying disease. . . .
Unstable angina is a condition in which your heart doesn't get enough blood. . . .
Stable angina is chest pain or discomfort that most often occurs with activity. . . .