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Dr. Kennedy Interventional Cardiology is a branch of Cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. A large number of procedures can be performed on the heart by catheterization. This involves the insertion of a catheter into the femoral artery (or any large peripheral artery or vein) and cannulating (feeding the catheter to) the heart under fluoroscopy. The following procedures can be done under this technique:

  • Angioplasty (PTCA, Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty) - for coronary atherosclerosis
  • Valvuloplasty - dilation of narrowed cardiac valves (usually mitral, aortic or pulmonary)
  • Procedures for Congenital Heart Disease - insertion of occluders for ventricular or atrial septal defects, occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus, angioplasty of great vessels
  • Emergency Angioplasty and Stenting of occluded coronary vessels in the setting of acute myocardial infarction
  • Coronary Thrombectomy - a procedure performed to remove thrombus (blood clot) from blood vessels
  • Invasive Procedures of the Heart To Treat Arrhythmias (performed by Electrophysiologists)

Surgery of the heart is done by cardiovascular surgeons. Some interventional cardiology procedures are only performed with the immediate availability of a cardiovascular surgeon in the hospital, in case of complications.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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