Interventional Cardiology

Interventional CardiologyInterventional Cardiology represents advanced training in cardiovascular disease and focuses on the invasive (usually catheter-based) management of heart disease.

Clinical issues usually managed by interventional cardiologists include:

Ischemic heart disease (percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty), stent placement, coronary thrombectomy) Valve disease (valvuloplasty, percutaneous valve repair or replacement) Congenital heart abnormalities (repair of atrial and ventricular septal defects, closure of patent ductus arteriosus, angioplasty of the great vessels)

Interventional cardiologists typically practice in cardiology group practices and in medical institutions in which these types of procedures are performed. In the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Intervention, led by Dr. Chitradeep De, the goal is to enhance and expand the capabilities, safety, and effectiveness of catheterization by using real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to enable non-surgical catheter-based treatments for adults and children.

A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, your doctor can do diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart.

For example, your doctor may put a special type of dye in the catheter. The dye will flow through your bloodstream to your heart. Then, your doctor will take x-ray pictures of your heart. The dye will make your coronary (heart) arteries visible on the pictures. This test is called coronary angiography (an-jee-OG-rah-fee).

The dye can show whether a waxy substance called plaque (plak) has built up inside your coronary arteries. Plaque can narrow or block the arteries and restrict blood flow to your heart.

Doctors also can use ultrasound during cardiac catheterization to see blockages in the coronary arteries. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of the heart’s blood vessels.

If you have any questions or concerns about a procedure or the process scheduled please contact us.

Choose a procedure on the left for more detail.

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