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What types of heart diseases are treated with interventional cardiology?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Interventional cardiologists perform angioplasty and stenting procedures which can open blockages in the coronary arteries that occur in ischemic heart disease. These procedures can be performed in patients with chronic angina in order to reduce symptoms, and risk of future events. They can also be utilized in the emergency setting in order to immediately restore blood flow in the setting of acute myocardial infarction. More recently interventional cardiologists have been exploring catheter based treatments for certain valvular heart diseases. There are also techniques available for closing certain congenital abnormalities such as atrial septal defect.

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