Track 5

Interventional Cardiology and Imaging

Interventional cardiology is done to diagnose heart and vascular problems. It is usually helps us avoid surgery with treatments like valve repair or replacement or angioplasty. Interventional cardiology is a non surgical option which uses a catheter: a small, flexible tube to repair weakened or damaged vessels, narrowed arteries, or other affected parts of the heart structure. Interventional cardiologists are given additional training to access your heart through various arteries and veins using thin tubes called catheters. Interventional Cardiologists offers deal with the various heart and vascular conditions like: Valvular heart disease, Atrial septal defect, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Patent foramen ovale, Coronary artery disease (CAD), Structural and non-valvular heart disease, Resistant hypertension.

Cardiac imaging is a sub field of diagnostic radiology. A cardiac technician supervises and performs to  interprets medical images to diagnose diseases of the heart such as heart disease, defects in the size and shape of the heart and leaky heart valves. They also use imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasound (echocardiograms), CT scans and MRI scans. These tests are used to screen for heart disease, determine what is causing your symptoms and monitor your heart and find out if your treatment is working. 

Related Societies: Austrian Heart Foundation | Austrian Society of Cardiology | Philippine Heart Association | Belgian Society of Cardiology | Spanish Society of Cardiology | British Cardiac Society | International Academy of Cardiology | British Heart Foundation | British Hypertension Society