What is an Interventional Cardiologist?
Heart disease, which can result in clogged or blocked arteries, is often thought of as a silent killer. It has earned this name because patients rarely experience symptoms associated with heart disease. Symptoms only start to show when a patient’s disease has progressed to a point that a major medical event, such as a heart attack or stroke, occurs. If your general practitioner believes you may have blocked arteries as a result of heart disease, he or she may refer you to an interventional cardiologist.
What is Interventional Cardiology?
Cardiology is a general term that is used to describe a specific branch of medicine that focuses on the heart. Cardiology focuses on diagnosing and treating problems that result in any physical abnormalities of the heart or diseases that affect the heart or surrounding arteries and veins. This branch of medicine can be broken up into several different specialties that include invasive, non-invasive, and interventional.
Interventional cardiology is specifically intended to help patients get an accurate diagnosis without having to resort to surgical methods. An interventional cardiologist will use non-surgical techniques, such as a catheter, stenting, or balloon angioplasty, to treat various types of heart disease by unclogging or unblocking the arteries.
The other specific branches of cardiology, invasive and non-invasive, can treat and diagnosis various types of heart disease, but they do so use different techniques. Invasive cardiology uses surgical procedures, while non-invasive uses techniques that do not involve inserting medical instruments, fluids, or needles into the body. Some examples of non-invasive cardiology techniques include CT scans, heart monitors, and stress tests.
What Types of Problems or Conditions can be Treated by an Interventional Cardiologist?
A cardiologist that specializes in interventional cardiology has gone through additional training and education to learn how to diagnosis and treat heart disease and other conditions using non-surgical techniques.
The following are some of the problems and conditions that can be treated with the minimally invasive procedures associated with interventional cardiology:
- Heart valve disease – problems with the valves that control blood flow to the chambers of the heart.
- Coronary artery disease – severe narrowing of the arteries which supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscles.
- Peripheral vascular disease – clogging, narrowing, or hardening of arteries or veins in other parts of the body that can affect the heart.
In addition to these types of diseases and conditions, interventional cardiology can also treat congenital heart conditions which were present at birth.
If your doctor wants you to see an interventional cardiologist, call Tri-City Cardiology Consultants to make an appointment. We have a team of 23 cardiologists who provide the people of Phoenix Metro area with the best cardiology care. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.