Every year, millions of heart patients worldwide are saved from death by balloon dilatation. Dölf Bachmann was the first patient for whom this treatment method was used 45 years ago.
The pain in my chest had been bothering me for some time. When they got worse and worse, I got scared and went to the GP. He sent me on to the hospital in Baden. They didn’t take my complaints seriously at first. I was only transferred to the university hospital by ambulance when my ECG values plummeted. There I was, lying in a room with six beds, waiting for my heart operation. The other fellow sufferers in the room, all heart patients, proudly showed me the large scars on their chests. I dreaded the idea of waking up the next day with such an ugly scar. Dr. Andreas Grüntzig came to my bedside and explained that he had been looking for a patient who could be treated with his new surgical method for some time.