Interventional cardiology is a medical specialty that relates to heart disease treatment with catheter-based procedures. Cardiologists who perform these types of procedures are board-certified specialists. These procedures work to treat conditions that affect the cardiovascular system, including the heart, arteries, and veins. Most interventional cardiology procedures are minimally invasive, using an incision that is approximately one inch in size. A small tube, or catheter, is inserted through the incision. Your cardiologist uses a special real-time technology to guide the catheter toward your heart or other areas of your vascular system.
What are the advantages of Interventional Cardiology?
The most significant advantage of interventional cardiology is that you have little downtime after your procedure. You also experience less discomfort, have smaller scars, and are at a lower risk of infection. Some interventional cardiology procedures require the use of only a local anesthetic. The procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and you are able to go home within a few hours of your procedure.
What are some Interventional Cardiology procedures?
Dr. Valentino offers several interventional cardiology procedures. Balloon angioplasty creates space within a blocked artery to improve blood flow. Stents are special mesh tubes that are inserted into the vessel to protect it from collapsing. Stents are used for issues with the carotid or other arteries. If you are looking for a new medical home for your cardiology needs, call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/angioplasty.html