An interventional cardiologist is a cardiologist with additional education, training, certification, and experience in minimally invasive procedures performed on the heart and arteries.
Patients would be referred to an interventional cardiologist for a test called an angiogram, which is used to diagnose blockages in your arteries. If tests reveal a problem, your cardiologist may recommend a procedure such as angioplasty or stenting. During angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist feeds a long, slender tube called a catheter into an artery. A balloon on the catheter opens at the site of the blockage, pushing aside the plaque build up that is restricting the blood flow in the arteries. After the blockage has been cleared, the interventional cardiologist may also complete a stenting procedure, during which a tiny mesh tube called a stent is inserted into the artery, to help keep the artery open.
An interventional cardiologist is a critical part of the care team that will be with you throughout diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Interventional cardiologists work closely with primary care physicians to coordinate patient cardiovascular care.