Conditions and Treatments

Interventional cardiology is a non-surgical option which uses a small, flexible tube called a catheter to repair damaged or weakened vessels, narrowed arteries, or other affected parts of the heart structure. An interventional cardiologist is a cardiologist with one to two years of additional education and training in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease as well as congenital (present at birth) and structural heart conditions through catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting.

Conditions We Treat

Common conditions treated by interventional cardiology include:

Diagnostic Testing Procedures

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Myocardial Biopsy
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Coronary Flow Reserve (CFR)
  • Optimal Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Advanced Treatments

Advanced percutaneous (performed through the skin) procedures, include:

  • Complex coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Coronary physiology testing
  • Intravascular Imaging (IVUS and OCT)
  • Myocardial biopsy
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Implant and Extraction
  • Percutaneous ventricular assist device implantation
  • Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) for myocardial infarction
  • Visceral (renal, mesenteric) artery angioplasty and stenting
  • Atherectomy of coronary and peripheral arteries
  • Percutaneous aortic, mitral and pulmonic valvuloplasty
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

When patients have the need for more than one procedure, a hybrid specialist can perform both interventional procedures and traditional surgery in one room, called a hybrid suite. Hybrid suites also allow for multiple specialists to work together at the same time.

Take a virtual tour of our hybrid suite at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.