An Interventional Cardiology expert witness is a Cardiologist who testifies on the use of cardiac procedures to diagnose and treat cardiac disease. Interventional Cardiology, or Invasive Cardiology, is a branch of Cardiology that deals specifically with structural cardiac conditions such as coronary heart disease (CAD) or congenital heart disease. Interventional Cardiology offers diagnostic tests such as cardiac catheterization (also called “cardiac cath” or “coronary angiogram”), myocardial biopsy, intravascular ultrasound, coronary flow reserve (CFR), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). Interventional Cardiology also offers non-surgical (“interventional”) treatments such as stents, angioplasty, intravascular ultrasound, valve repair, and/or transaortic valve replacement (TAVR). Angioplasty (also known as Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, or PTCA) is the standard of care for an acute myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack). PTCA involves the insertion of a catheter into an artery in the wrist (radial approach) or the groin (femoral approach) followed by the dilation of a coronary vessel with a balloon to restore blood flow. A cardiac stent may be placed during the procedure to ensure the coronary artery remains patent. Arteries with high-grade blockage or total occlusion may require special techniques including laser (photoablation), cutting balloons, and drills (rotablation). Interventional Cardiologists are medical doctors who have completed an Internal Medicine residency, a Cardiology fellowship, and an Interventional Cardiology fellowship. An Interventional Cardiologist may see patients in a hospital or office setting, but the interventions are performed in a cardiac cath lab with specialized monitoring and equipment.
Negligence claims against Interventional Cardiologists typically stem from complications such as bleeding, coronary artery perforation, and valve injury. Complications at the femoral entry site can result in pseudoaneurysm or massive retroperitoneal hemorrhage and shock. Since cardiac disease is sometimes treated (or mistreated) by primary care providers, an Interventional Cardiology expert witness may be called as a causation expert to discuss the natural course of cardiac disease when treated in a timely manner.
From the routine diagnosis of coronary artery disease to advanced interventions for structural heart disease, Elite Medical Experts reviews all aspects of Interventional Cardiology litigation and consultation, including:
Given the complexity of Interventional Cardiology, an experienced Board-Certified Interventional Cardiology expert from a leading university medical center is an invaluable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Interventional Cardiology expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.