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Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology is a branch of cardiology medicine. Interventional cardiologists perform the following tests:

  • Diagnostics: coronary angiograms (x-rays of the arteries of the heart) that can now be performed on an outpatient basis
  • Interventions on the arteries of the heart (dilations and implantations of small metal prostheses (stents) in the arteries of the heart).
  • Implantation of pacemakers (heart pacemakers) in the event of malfunction of the electrical circuit of the heart causing discomfort or syncope.
  • Interventions on the valves of the heart: dilations or TAVI (replacement of the aortic valve by catheter, without opening the thorax or cardiac surgery).

These interventional cardiology procedures are performed by doctors using small catheters (tiny tubes with a diameter of about 2 mm), which are inserted, under X-ray guidance, under local anesthesia, from the arteries of the arm (radial route) or from the thigh (femoral route) into the arteries or the cavities of the heart. To work inside the heart or its vessels, an imaging technique must be used. The technique currently used uses very sophisticated and very expensive radiology equipment, using X-rays (digitized angiography rooms). The opacification of the arteries of the heart is carried out by iodinated contrast products (based on iodine).

Consult our news Interventional Cardiology Unit of the Clinique Sainte-Clotilde

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