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 2014-2015 academic year, there are 142 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited training programs in Interventional Cardiology with 313 active positions.


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

Major Professional Society

Major Publication

Back to October 2014 Issue of IMpact

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