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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Interventional Cardiology

The Discipline
From the Latin word intervenire, "to come between." Interventional Cardiology is the branch of Cardiology responsible for catheter-based interventions in the management of ischemic heart disease, congenital heart disease, and acquired valvular disease.

Procedures
Important procedural skills include coronary artery catheterization, angioplasty, intra-coronary thombolysis, valvuloplasty, coronary artery stent placement, and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation.

Training
Interventional Cardiology fellowship training requires 12 months of accredited training beyond three years of general cardiology training.

Certification
The American Board of Internal Medicine offers certification in Interventional Cardiology.

Major Professional Societies
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
2400 N. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1153
1-800-992-7224
Web site: http://www.scai.org

Major Publications

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Journal of Interventional Cardiology

Source: This information came from the American College of Physicians’ Subspecialty Brochure.

Back to November 2007 Issue of IMpact

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