Interventional Cardiology

What is Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty in cardiology involving minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular diseases. Interventional cardiology procedures are done in a cardiac catheterization lab by heart specialists called interventional cardiologists.

Interventional cardiologists diagnose and treat:

View a list of heart and vascular conditions treated at Wake Forest Baptist.

Interventional Cardiology Procedures

Interventional cardiology procedures may include the following:

Coronary angiography (angiogram): a procedure that uses a special dye and x-rays to see how blood flows through your heart.

  • A thin hollow tube (catheter) is inserted through an artery in your wrist or groin area and carefully moved up into the heart.
  • Once the catheter is in place, dye is injected into the catheter and x-ray images are taken to see how the dye moves through the artery.

Angioplasty: a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries).

  • A catheter is inserted into an artery in your groin or wrist and carefully moved up into the heart.
  • Once the catheter is in place, dye is injected into the catheter and x-ray images are taken to see how the dye moves through the artery.
  • When a blockage is found, a wire with a balloon attached is inserted into the blockage and the balloon is inflated, which opens the blocked artery and restores blood flow to the heart.

Inserting heart stents: A heart stent is a tiny tube placed into an artery to hold the artery open. It is normally placed inside a coronary artery following balloon angioplasty.

Radial cardiac catheterization: This is a special type of cardiac catheterization.

  • A catheter is inserted through an artery in your wrist and carefully moved up into the heart.
  • Depending on what your doctor finds, angioplasty or stent placement may also be done during radial catheterization.

Interventional Cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Wake Forest Baptist Health has a team of interventional cardiologists who perform all types of procedures. The team's philosophy is to use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible to ensure the best possible outcome for patients.

If you are referred to Wake Forest Baptist Health, you'll be assigned an attending cardiologist who will become the key contact for you, your family and your referring physician. Your cardiologist will stay in close communication with you and your primary care physician to provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to care.

 

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