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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, ABIM, offers certification in Interventional Cardiology.

Major Publications

Major Professional Societies

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

  • 2400 N. Street, NW

    Washington, DC 20037-1153

    1-800-992-7224

    scai.org

Back to November 2008 Issue of IMpact

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