Spain celebrates 40 years of peripheral angioplasty

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The Spanish Society of Medical Radiology (SERAM) has marked 40 years since the first peripheral angioplasty procedure was performed in Spain.

The minimally invasive technique uses a balloon to unblock and improve blood flow and is guided by medical imaging. In March 1980, Spain's first patient received the procedure -- a 46-year-old at the Nuestra Señora de Covadonga Hospital in Oviedo, which is now part of the General Hospital of Asturias.

The patient had a left superficial femoral artery stenosis that was treated endovascularly by a balloon.

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