An Individualized, Non-Surgical Approach to Heart Disease Management

Penn's Interventional Cardiology Program delivers a patient-centered approach to high-tech procedures, where safety and quality of life is the highest priority.

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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.

At Penn Medicine, we understand that interventional cardiology procedures are invasive and can sometimes be frightening. Our clinicians therefore focus heavily on educating patients about each procedure and the credentials of the people performing it. They take great pride in a track record of superior patient outcomes.

A Growing Number of Options for Non-Surgical Treatments

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

Experience Patients Can Rely On

Patients can expect a great experience because Penn's interventional cardiologists are some of the most experienced in the country, performing nearly 11,000 procedures each year. In fact, out cardiologists perform more balloon valvuloplasty procedures than anyone else in the area. The interventional cardiology program also ranks among the best in the nation with an angioplasty/stent success rate of more than 95 percent and a complication rate below 3 percent.

Interventional Cardiology Procedures Performed at Penn

  • 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

“Firsts” That Offer New Options for Patients

In addition to be a current national leader, Penn has an outstanding history of interventional cardiology innovation. Penn was one of the first medical centers in the United States to:

  • Perform balloon valvuloplasty for mitral and aortic stenosis.
  • Perform coronary stenting and to use drug-eluting stents to reduce restenosis.
  • Adopt transcatheter clip repair for mitral regurgitation.
  • Employ transcatheter aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis.

Penn Medicine is often among the first centers asked to evaluate new technologies.

Physicians with Expert Credentials and the Best in Quality Care

Penn physicians are able to provide quality care because:

  • Penn's interventional cardiologists are board-certified in cardiovascular medicine and fellowship-trained in the specialty of interventional cardiology.
  • They provide consultation and training for other medical professionals around the world.
  • They are regularly acknowledged for their talent by both peers and consumers and have been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs™ and America's Top Doctors.
  • The conveniently located labs at Penn are some of the best equipped in the world.
  • Hospital-based cardiac catheterization laboratories are ready to perform cardiac intervention for patients experiencing a heart attack within 90 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

In This Section

Treatment Team

Meet the team of experts who specialize in interventional cardiology.

Forms, Instructions and Guides

This information is designed to provide you with an overview of what to expect before, during and after your next interventional cardiology procedure.

Alcohol Septal Ablation

Alcohol septal ablation is a minimally invasive option for people living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Penn’s heart specialists have deep experience performing this complicated procedure. You will receive care from our highly skilled, compassionate heart team.

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