Interventional cardiology, a sub-specialty of cardiology, refers to the non-surgical (catheter-based) treatment of the heart. Cardiac interventions are used to diagnosis and treat a wide range of heart conditions, including valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease and coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease and the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.
Cardiac Intervention Specialists
Sansum Clinic Interventional Cardiology specializes in percutaneous coronary revascularization, which uses a catheter (thin and flexible tube) to re-establish blood flow to the heart when its vessels have been damaged or blocked. Our highly skilled cardiologists perform approximately 1,000 cardiac interventions per year in the treatment of coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease.
Common cardiac intervention procedures include:
- Coronary artery bypass—a vein (usually taken from the leg) is grafted above and below the blocked area of a coronary artery, allowing blood to flow around the blockage.
- Coronary artery balloon angioplasty—a special catheter with a tiny balloon is threaded through the coronary artery to the blockage, then inflated to widen the opening and increase blood flow to the heart. A stent (mesh tube) is often used to keep the artery open after the balloon is removed.
Benefits of Interventional Cardiology
As opposed to traditional open-heart surgery, most interventional cardiology procedures are minimally invasive, requiring incisions only about one inch in length and performed with local anesthesia while the patient is awake.
For patients, that means:
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less risk of infection
Additionally, many interventional cardiology procedures are formed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to go home the same day as the procedure.
See an Interventional Cardiology Specialist
Make an appointment with a cardiac intervention specialist or call (805) 898-3138 to schedule.