Interventional cardiology deals specifically with catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. A cardiovascular catheter is a medical device, a thin tube that can be inserted into the body to treat conditions or perform surgical procedures. At King’s we offer a number of minimally invasive interventional cardiology techniques.
A coronary angiogram can both diagnose and treat heart conditions. After a dye that is visible on X-rays is injected into the heart, a rapid series of images called angiograms is taken. If your doctor then observes that any heart arteries happen to be clogged, they can open the clog (angioplasty) during the coronary angiogram. Coronary angiogram’s, are the most common type of cardiac catheterization procedure.
A coronary intervention (coronary angioplasty) is a procedure to open clogged heart arteries. An angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon where your artery is clogged. A stent (small tube that your doctor can insert into a blocked passageway to keep it open) is usually inserted into the artery after it has been widened.
Structural heart disease intervention
Structural heart disease is the term used to describe non-coronary cardiovascular disease processes and interventions. Catheter-cased equipment is used to treat structural heart diseases.
A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. An ICD, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator is a battery powered device paced under the skin to track your heart rate, and If an abnormal heart rhythm is detected the ICD will deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat.