Benefits of Interventional Procedures

Interventional cardiology procedures are generally less invasive than traditional surgery. In most cases, these procedures require only one small incision for insertion of the catheter. Most interventional cardiology patients do not require general anesthesia and some procedures can take as few as 30 minutes to perform.

In many cases, patients are hospitalized for only one night following interventional cardiology procedures, instead of the longer hospital stay required by other types of surgery. Recovery time often is shorter as well and symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pain, are usually relieved quickly and effectively.

Some heart attack patients benefit substantially from angioplasty. Opening an artery and restoring blood flow quickly is one step toward preventing heart damage. Balloon valvuloplasty is often the best option for infants and children with congenital heart defects.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 26 Mar 2009

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010