What is Interventional Cardiology? | MedStar Health

Experts in lifesaving minimally invasive cardiovascular care

Interventional cardiology uses minimally invasive techniques for patients who need heart or vascular treatment. We are one of the region’s highest-volume interventional cardiology programs, averaging more than 12,000 procedures a year at MedStar Health. Our doctors treat patients in advanced labs dedicated to cardiac catheterization , with integrated imaging and interventional technology for the most favorable outcomes.

Our doctors are national leaders in the use of transradial catheterization. During this minimally invasive procedure, doctors insert a catheter into an artery in the wrist rather than the groin to reach the heart. For most patients, this approach offers a faster recovery time with less pain and bleeding.

A team of MedStar cardiology doctors stand in a cardiac catheterization lab surrounded by modern technologic equipment.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center interventional cardiologists.

We constantly push the envelope of interventional cardiology. Every week, our Cardiac Catheterization Conference, open to doctors and researchers all over the world, keeps our team on the leading edge of the latest advances in the field. We’re always among the nation’s first sites to evaluate new technologies and treatments. And our doctors serve as expert consultants for cardiologists throughout the mid-Atlantic region, evaluating hundreds of complex cases each month.

John Wang

John Wang, MD, Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial and Scientific Director for Baltimore Cardiovascular Research

Some of the many procedures our nationally recognized interventional cardiologists offer include:

Our providers

Dr Brian Case listens to the heart of a patient during an office visit at MedStar Health. Both people are wearing masks.

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