Penn Heart and Vascular

Overview of the Interventional Cardiology Program

An Individualized, Non-surgical Approach to the Management of Heart Disease

Penn's Interventional Cardiology Program brings a patient-centered approach to high-tech procedures. Staff members understand that the procedures are invasive and can be frightening for patients. They educate patients about each procedure and the credentials of the people performing it. Patient safety and providing a better quality of life for patients are their highest priorities. They take great pride in a track record of superior patient outcomes.

Interventional cardiology refers to cardiac and vascular procedures (catheterizations) using small tubes (catheters) to access the heart and vascular system to diagnose and treat certain conditions. Interventional procedures often eliminate the need for surgery while providing better results than medication alone.

A Growing Number of Options for Non-Surgical Treatments

At Penn, many cardiac conditions can be treated with interventional procedures, including:

Procedures include:

  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Angioplasty with stent
  • Transcatheter valve therapies including balloon valvuloplasty
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • Alcohol ablation
  • Cardiac biopsy
  • Fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Percutaneous left ventricular assist

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