Interventional cardiology refers to catheter-based treatments that repair or correct structural heart diseases, like coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and others.
Common treatments include angioplasty and stent insertion. Interventional treatments are considered to be minimally invasive because they require only small incisions and use catheters rather than open-heart procedures.
Source: American Board of Medical Specialties
Reviewed by: Emmanouil Brilakis, MD
First published: 8/24/2016
Last reviewed: 8/24/2016