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What is Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart. Interventional cardiology techniques make use of a thin tube called a catheter which is inserted into blood vessels including arteries or veins through a tiny incision and with the help of imaging techniques, the internal organs and vessels are viewed and treated accordingly.

Interventional cardiology techniques are minimally invasive as they are performed through a tiny incision unlike the larger incision used in conventional open surgery.

How is Interventional Cardiology Different from Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is a subset of cardiology and requires a minimum one-year fellowship in addition to specific cardiology training. For the treatment of pediatric conditions through interventional cardiology, most cardiologists take additional non-accredited training that lasts for a year.

What are the Disorders Treated through Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is used to treat numerous conditions including:

  • Congenital heart defects (present from birth)
  • Ischemic heart diseases (due to lack of blood supply to the heart)
  • Coronary artery disease due to narrowed or blocked arteries

What are the Different Work Settings for Interventional Cardiologists?

The different work settings for interventional cardiologists include:

  • Cardiology clinics: government and private
  • Multispecialty hospitals: government and private
  • Emergency departments
  • Military hospitals
  • Medical schools and universities

What are the Surgical Procedures Performed By an Interventional Cardiologist?

An interventional cardiologist is involved in the following surgical procedures:

  • Repair/replacement of the valves in your heart
  • Repair of atrial and ventricular septal defects
  • Placement of stents into your arteries
  • Conducting follow-ups with patients post-treatment

Benefits of Interventional Cardiology

Undergoing an interventional cardiology treatment offers the following benefits:

  • Smaller incision
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay


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