What is Interventional Cardiology?

What is interventional cardiology? It is a specific type of cardiology that specializes in catheter-based procedures to detect and treat cardiac diseases and illnesses such as coronary artery disease, vascular disease, structural heart disease, and congenital heart defects. 

Interventional cardiologists conduct a broad range of procedures using diagnostic tools and imaging techniques to determine cardiovascular functions including blood pressure and blood flow throughout the body’s major arteries as they reach the heart. These procedures are not considered traditional open-heart surgery as interventional cardiologist doctors perform a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. 

If you are in the Bridgeport area and find yourself searching the web for “interventional cardiologists near me”, look no further than AMS Cardiology. Our professional interventional cardiologists have been serving the greater Bridgeport community for the last forty years. We offer an array of interventional cardiology procedures including Cardiac Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty, Stent Implantation, and PFO Closure. Our mission is to treat our patients with respect, empathy, and professionalism while ensuring the health of their hearts and body. 

Cardiac Catheterization

When is a cardiac catheterization needed? When patients have a decreased blood flow to their heart, this procedure is conducted to determine how well the heart is working. A small plastic tube or catheter is threaded up to the heart through an artery at the top of a patient’s leg. Dye is then inserted into the catheter to show if and where blockages are presented. If there are any blockages, they can be opened by balloon angioplasty and stent implantation to keep the vessel open. 

Balloon Angioplasty/Stent Implantation

During the diagnosis of cardiac catheterization, the procedure of balloon angioplasty and stent implantation may be performed. This involves passing a balloon into the region of a blockage in a coronary artery. The balloon is expanded to open up the blockage. To keep the blockage from recurring, a small metal device called a stent is typically inserted into the artery during the procedure. With the stent, there will be an increase in blood flow to the heart which will reduce the risk of a heart attack. 

PFO Closure

PFO stands for “patent foramen ovale”. This is when there is a hole in the heart of a baby before they are born. Usually, this hole closes upon birth, but in some cases, this natural closure does not occur. Later in life, if a patient suffers from a stroke or TIA, then the PFO must be closed. It is closed by a catheter which is inserted into a vein in the leg and passed through the body to the heart. A special device is then used to close the PFO.  

Why Choose AMS Cardiology? 

If you find yourself in need of any interventional cardiology procedure, contact the experts at AMS Cardiology. We have four highly trained cardiologists who specialize in our practice that are able and ready to help you. Since the 1970’s AMS Cardiology has been a leading cardiologist provider in the greater Bridgeport area. Continue living a life you love with a healthy heart and the help of AMS Cardiology. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.