Interventional Cardiology in West Orange, NJ
What Is Interventional Cardiology?
Interventional cardiology is a medical specialty that helps to improve the health and well-being of your heart and arteries.
Interventional cardiologists use nonsurgical, catheter-based treatments to repair narrowed arteries, damaged or weakened blood vessels, heart valve disorders, and congenital heart disease.
Their goal is to intervene with the intent of modifying the outcome for your heart and your health in a minimally-invasive way.
If you’re in need of an interventional cardiologist in New Jersey, contact New Jersey Cardiology Associates today to schedule an appointment. Our interventional radiologists are all board-certified and have extensive experience performing safe and effective interventional cardiologist procedures. We have offices in West Orange, Belleville, Toms River, and Clifton.
What Conditions do Interventional Cardiologists Treat?
There are a number of conditions that Interventional Cardiologists treat. Three main areas of focus include:
1. Atherosclerosis-Coronary Artery Disease
Your heart needs oxygen, nutrients, and blood to work hard and stay healthy. The coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply the heart with these essential elements.
When there is a narrowing or blockage affecting one or more of these arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, it can impact your heart’s ability to function. Commonly referred to as coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis is the most common condition interventional cardiologists diagnose and treat.
This may also include:
- Angina – Chest pain that occurs when your arteries become narrowed from coronary heart disease
- Heart valve disorders – Abnormalities in the valves responsible for preventing blood from flowing in the wrong direction through your heart
2. Heart Attack & Heart Failure
When blood clots block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart, you may experience a heart attack. If your heart isn’t strong enough to pump enough blood for your body, you may experience heart failure. There are a number of factors that fall under this general category, and your Interventional Cardiologist can help.
This may also include ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a serious type of heart attack that occurs when one of your heart’s arteries is blocked
3. Structural Heart Disease
If you have a condition that affects the structure of your heart, the valves, the walls, or the muscle, this is structural heart disease. These conditions can be complex and may require a life-long relationship with a provider who is specially trained to meet the needs of highly unique cases.
This may also include:
- Congenital heart defects – Heart issues occurring at birth, such as patent foramen ovale or atrial septal defect
- Arrhythmia – An abnormal heart rhythm (your heart may beat too slow, too fast, or irregularly)
- Cardiomyopathy – An enlargement or weakening of your heart muscle
- Myocarditis – Heart inflammation
How Interventional Cardiologists Can Help
Instead of open-heart surgery, interventional cardiologists are able to provide the complete spectrum of catheter-based procedures.
This gives you less pain, a shorter recovery time, and better outcomes. Often, only a short stay in the hospital is required for monitoring following your procedure.
Interventional procedures utilize flexible tubing, called catheters, along with specialized imaging techniques to repair narrowed arteries, damaged or weakened blood vessels, and impaired components of the heart’s structure.
Treatments we offer include:
- Replacing damaged valves
- Assisting with blood flow
- Implantation of devices
- Closing the hole of the upper heart chambers to minimize stroke
- Widening the heart valve
- and more
Interventional cardiologists rank among the top authorities on cardiovascular disease and treatment. These providers acquire additional training to further help in your journey to a better heart.
Some of our expertise includes:
- the physiology of the coronary arteries
- how atherosclerosis and other conditions present in the coronary arteries
- how to utilize catheter-based techniques to treat coronary artery disease or structural heart diseases
Combining all this knowledge and training, interventional cardiologists are uniquely qualified to provide the full spectrum of catheter-based cardiac care.
Contact New Jersey Cardiology Associates Today
You can feel confident in the providers at New Jersey Cardiology Associates to help you with your heart journey. Often, your primary care provider can assist you if you think you may be at risk for certain heart conditions. However, if you need advanced or specialized treatment, give us a call. We would love to talk with you about your options. Interventional cardiology is a great solution as we provide minimally-invasive techniques for your comfort. This can help reduce your risk of heart-related illness and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment in West Orange, Belleville, Toms River, or Clifton.