Subspecialty Careers: Interventional Cardiology

Subspecialty Careers: 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.


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.

Training Positions

For the 2012-2013 academic year, there are 141 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training programs in Interventional Cardiology with 316 active positions.


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

Major Professional Society

Major Publication

Back to December 2012 Issue of IMpact

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