Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a term that describes the treatment of coronary artery disease and structural heart disease through catheter based methods. This could include placing a stent to a blocked coronary artery or correction of a congenital heart defect.

The most common procedures involve the insertion of a small tube called a catheter into a large artery in your leg or sometimes the wrist. The catheter is then advanced to the heart under X-ray visualization. Interventional cardiology often allows for correction of heart problems without the pain and long recovery of open heart surgery. Primary angioplasty (balloon procedure) and stenting is now the gold standard of care for a heart attack. Primary angioplasty and stenting involves the removal of clots from occluded coronary arteries and inflation of balloons with possible subsequent stent deployment through the small catheter.

Your Upstate Cardiology physicians perform the following procedures with catheter based intervention:

  • Coronary artery angioplasty and stent placement
  • Renal artery angioplasty and stenting
  • Peripheral artery angioplasty and stenting
  • IVC filter placement (filter for blood clots)

If you are scheduled to undergo one of these procedures, your physician will discuss the procedure in detail with you and will be available to answer any questions you may have.