News of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Almanac 2012: interventional cardiology

P. Meier1, A. Timmis2

1 The Heart Hospital, University College London Hospitals UCLH, London, Great Britain

2 London Chest Hospital, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, Great Britain

The field of interventional cardiology continues to progress quickly. The efficacy of percutaneous interventions with newer generation drug-eluting stents has advanced a lot over the last decade. This improvement in stent performance has broadened the level of indication towards more complex interventions such as left main and multivessel PCI. Major improvements continue in the field of medical co-therapy such as antiplatelet therapies (bivalirudin, prasugrel, ticagrelor) and this will further improve outcomes of PCI. The same is true for intravascular imaging such as ultrasound IVUS and optical coherence tomography OCT. However, interventional cardiology has become a rather broad field, also including alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, etc. At the moment, the fastest growing area is the structural interventions, especially for aortic valve stenosis (transcatheter aortic valve implantation TAVI) and for mitral regurgitation (mitral clipping). This review covers recent advances in all these different fields of interventional cardiology.

Key words: ischemic artery disease, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass surgery, antithrombotic therapy


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