Interventional Cardiology

This cardiac subspecialty uses minimally invasive, catheter-based technologies in a cath lab to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease (CAD). The main focus in on percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) to revascularize patients with CAD that is causing blockages resulting in ischemia or myocardial infarction. PCI mainly consists of angioplasty and implanting stents. Interventional cardiology has greatly expanded in scope over recent years to include a number of transcatheter structural heart interventions.

Harry Lee Page, Jr., MD, a veteran cardiologist who helped pioneer many modern interventional techniques, died on August 11 after a long illness. He was 88 years old. SCAI

“We are so fortunate to have had fearless luminaries such as Harry Page at the helm of our profession,” SCAI President Sunil V. Rao, MD, said in a statement.

Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) is associated with “promising” short-term outcomes among patients with a history of cancer, according to new research published in the American Journal of Cardiology. #TEER #TMVR

A team of Cleveland Clinic researchers tracked data from nearly 23,000 patients, sharing their findings in the American Journal of Cardiology

Illustration of a left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) procedure using a Watchman device. Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine. #LAA #LAAO

There is not agreement among the top structural heart experts if CT is required for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), but a Henry Ford Hospital study shows it can improve outcomes.

The Harmony pulmonary valve was among the devices involved with the FDA Breakthrough Device Designation program that gained more rapid market clearance. The FDA graph shows cardiovascular devices leading the types of devices involved in the program.

The FDA said cardiovascular devices make up the largest number of technologies accepted into the Breakthrough Devices Program, and several are on the list of the first 50 in the program to gain market clearance.

A structural heart Presentation during the TVT 2022 conference. #TCT #TCT22 #TCT2022

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) announced the 32 late-breaking studies being presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2022 annual meeting at in Boston, Sept. 16-19.

A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure being performed at Intermountain Healthcare. Image from Intermountain Healthcare

Brijeshwar Maini, MD, structural heart cardiologist, national and Florida medical director of cardiology, Tenant Health, explains what hospitals need to build a structural heart program and develop a heart-team care collaboration approach.

The South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2022 (H.R. 3771) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 27 by a vote of 237 to 192. It has now been sent to the Senate, where it was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

After successfully making it through the House, the new legislation is now headed to the Senate. 


Yet another lawsuit is taking aim at the Affordable Care Act, and 61 U.S. medical organizations have joined forces to speak out.

Mitral annular calcium (MAC) does not appear to have a negative effect on long-term transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) outcomes, according to new research published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic reviewed data from more than 400 patients, presenting their findings in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Interventional cardiologist B. Hadley Wilson, MD, executive vice chair for Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, was selected to serve as ACC president in 2023-2024. Cathleen Biga, MSN, RN, president and CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, was selected to serve as ACC vice president in 2023-2024. She currently works with more than 100 separate providers throughout the Chicago area.

Veteran interventional cardiologist B. Hadley Wilson, MD, will serve as the ACC's next president. He will transition into the new role after ACC.23 in New Orleans. 

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Using patient-reported health scores may be able to help guide treatment decisions for patients presenting with coronary artery disease.

Example of a patient's coronary tree extracted from a cardiac CT scan. CT allows very detailed anatomical imaging and now physiological and plaque information that can be useful in pre-planning interventional procedures. Imaging from the GE Revolution Apex system at SCCT 2022.

Jonathon Leipsic, MD, chairman of the Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, explains how noninvasive computed tomography angiography (CTA) can be used to aid in planning interventional cardiology procedures for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and chronic total occlusions (CTO). 

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