Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Interventional Cardiology
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.
Important procedural skills include coronary artery catheterization, angioplasty, intra-coronary thombolysis, valvuloplasty, coronary artery stent placement, and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation.
Interventional Cardiology fellowship training requires 12 months of accredited training beyond three years of general cardiology training.
The American Board of Internal Medicine, ABIM, offers certification in Interventional Cardiology.
Source: This information came from the American College of Physicians’ Subspecialty Brochure and was supplemented by the AAMC Web site.
Major Professional Societies
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
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