What are the Main Procedures Performed in Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology treats cardiovascular disease using multiple non-surgical procedures. The doctors who perform these procedures are board-certified cardiologists particularly at a hospital in a cardiac catheterization laboratory. Most of the procedures are done in the cardiovascular (veins, heart and arteries) system. They don’t require any large incisions or instruments entering your body so they are minimally invasive. The incisions made in this procedure are around one inch. The cardiologist inserts a catheter in your upper leg into the femoral artery. He guides the catheter towards your vascular and heart area using real-time x-rays. Types of Interventional Cardiology Procedures There are several main interventional cardiology procedures, including the following: Angioplasty and…

Heart Disease Risks and Prevention

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that 1 in 4 deaths every year – about 610,000 – are due to heart disease. The good news is that medical cardiology has made great strides in research and treatment of heart disease. Cardiologists understand this common condition more thoroughly than ever before in history and know the risk factors for development of cardiac health issues. Much of the risk is preventable, or at very least can be lowered substantially through lifestyle changes and medication. How to Lower the Risk Factors for Heart Disease Certain…

The Keys to Understanding Vein Disease

Vein disease is a common problem that affects as many as 25 million people in the United States. Here is some basic information about this condition to help you understand how it may affect your life. What is Vein Disease? Vein disease occurs when your veins are no longer functioning properly. For most patients, the first symptom of vein disease is a change in the appearance of the veins. Patients may notice the development of spider veins, which are small purple or bluish veins that tend to form web-like patterns. Patients may also notice the development of varicose veins, which are large swollen and gnarled veins that may be found deep…