Interventional Cardiology is performed by cardiologists who perform interventional cardiology procedures for treating damage caused by cardiovascular disease. Interventionists repair weakened heart valves and clogged or narrowing arteries brought on by heart diseases such as Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Valve Disease and Peripheral Vascular Disease.
There are several types of heart disease that interventional cardiologists treat, from narrowing of the arteries and weakened heart valves to peripheral vascular disease.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Artery Disease is the narrowing of the coronary arteries. These are the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood and oxygen. The narrowing is caused by atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits, cholesterol, calcium, and plaque on the inner surface of the arteries. Atherosclerosis restricts blood flow to the heart, which can lead to heart attack or other heart problems.
Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease
- Angina (chest pain that comes and goes)
- Shortness of breath
Heart Valve Disease
Occurs when your heart valves are not working correctly to regulate the flow of blood through your heart chambers; this can be caused by birth defects, rheumatic fever, bacterial infection or heart attacks or simply from age. When a valve is not working correctly, your heart has to pump harder and as a result, the rest of your body might not be getting enough blood supply. There are several different forms of heart valve disease: aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve regurgitation.
Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the ankles and legs
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Involves all the other arteries that run throughout your body. Such as the coronary arteries.
Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Pain in the leg muscles (calves and thighs)
- Severe aching pain in your toes or feet at night
Interventional Cardiology Procedures
- Angioplasty/Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
- Balloon Valvuloplasty
- Cardiac Catheterizations
- Embolic Protection
- Fractional Flow Reserve
- Heart Valve Replacements
- Intravascular Ultrasound
- Percutaneous Valve Repair
The great thing about interventional procedures is that most of the procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. The procedures are minimally-invasive which means the incision points are minuscule, usually one inch. They don’t leave any visible scars, are at less risk for infection, involve very little pain and hardly any down time.
A cardiology intervention specialist will have you back to your normal activities in no time flat.
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