This Episode I’m talking about heart disease, and the amazing story of self-experimentation behind the first human cardiac catheterisation. That’s Nobel prize winner, Werner Forssmann and how he rebelled against his seniors and conducted a risky proof of concept that became the foundation of an entirely new field of medicine: Interventional Cardiology. I’ve also been talking to Dr Andrew Flapan, consultant cardiologist, to find out more about interventional cardiology today and where it might be heading in the future. Here’s a couple of books that cover Forssmann’s experiments in a bit more detail: The Man Who Touched His Own Heart – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Who-Touched-His-Heart/dp/0316225797 Experiments on Myself - https://www.amazon.com/Experiments-Myself-Werner-Forssmann/dp/0900997354/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508590088&sr=1-2&keywords=experiments+on+myself And one on self-experimentation in Medicine in general: Who Goes First? - https://www.amazon.com/Who-Goes-First-Self-Experimentation-Medicine/dp/0520212819/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508590132&sr=1-1&keywords=self+experimentation A good leaflet explaining PCI for patients - http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/leaflets/files/090908pci.pdf TAVI - https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/treatments/tavi British Heart Foundation for information on treatments for heart conditions - https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/treatments Follow us on Twitter @anamesiscast Or find us on www.anamnesiscast.com Please give us a rating on iTunes if you’ve liked this episode, it all helps!