Interventional cardiology procedures
Interventional cardiology involves the management of heart disease through the placement of stents and other devices. If you or a family member has been referred for interventional cardiology services, trust the compassionate, experienced team at Lakeview Regional Physician Group to provide the necessary care.
What Is interventional cardiology?
Interventional cardiology focuses on treating heart disease that hasn't become manageable with lifestyle changes or medication. Many interventional cardiology procedures are minimally invasive, which means they offer a shorter recovery time and a smaller incision than with traditional open heart surgery. After completing medical school and an internal medicine residency, doctors who specialize in interventional cardiology spend a year in cardiology fellowship training and a year completing an interventional cardiology fellowship. These physicians are often board-certified in internal medicine and may seek membership in the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
Also known as a coronary angiogram or "cardiac cath," cardiac catheterization is an imaging procedure used to see how well the heart is working. The doctor will insert a tube (catheter) into a blood vessel and guide it to the heart. If the doctor determines that it is necessary, they can often perform an interventional procedure in the same visit, such as PFO/ASD closures or performing a balloon angioplasty to install a cardiac stent.
Stent placement is a common procedure to repair heart issues such as plaque build-up in the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. With this minimally invasive surgery, the doctor uses a catheter to insert a small balloon into the heart, a procedure called angioplasty. The balloon is inflated to widen the artery and allow healthy blood flow, and a stent is placed to keep the blood vessel open and prevent future clogging. This procedure is done in one of our interventional cardiology offices on an outpatient basis.
Pacemaker and defibrillator placement
An irregular heartbeat, which is known as an arrhythmia, can signify other cardiac problems such as a weakened heart muscle. When arrhythmia doesn't respond to medications and other conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend the placement of a pacemaker or an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD). These small devices use electrical signals to adjust the heart's rhythm. They can also record your heart's activity so that it may be examined by your cardiologist.
Many of our interventional cardiologists also treat vascular diseases such as peripheral vascular disease and varicose veins. Common treatments for varicose veins include the following:
- Laser treatment
- Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
Locations with interventional cardiology
- Lakeview Campus: 101 Judge Tanner Blvd #300, Covington, LA 70433
- Slidell: 2360 Gause Blvd E, Slidell, LA 70461
- Picayune: 12 Medical Plaza Blvd, Picayune, MS 39466
Browse the list of interventional cardiology specialists with Lakeview Regional Physician Group to find a provider who's a great fit for you. Call your local office or contact us online to schedule your appointment.