Interventional Cardiology is a subspecialty of cardiology in which catheter-based diagnostic tests and treatment are provided for coronary artery disease, valvular disease, structural heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and various other diseases.
In interventional cardiology, we avoid surgery through the use of tiny catheters, as with procedures like angioplasty and valve repair or replacement. We also perform diagnostic tests such as coronary angiograms, in which contrast or dye is placed in the coronary arteries and peripheral arteries to identify blockages in the vessels.
Our interventional cardiology team offers numerous treatment options for heart and vascular.
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Valvular heart disease
- Structural and non-valvular heart disease
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Resistant hypertension
- Atrial septal defect
- Patent foramen ovale
The main advantages of using the interventional cardiology approach include:
- The avoidance of the scars and pain, and long post-operative recovery.
- Interventional cardiology procedure of primary angioplasty is now the gold standard of care for an acute myocardial infarction.
This involves the extraction of clots from occluded coronary arteries and deployment of stents and balloons through a small hole made in a major artery, which has given it the name “pin-hole surgery” (as opposed to “key-holesurgery”).