Upcoming Treatments for Cardiac Blockages

Dr. Patel discusses upcoming treatments for cardiac blockages.


As an interventional cardiologist, or a plumber of the heart, I have a lot of interest in vessels around the heart, identifying blockages, and treating them percutaneously with the stent. My other areas of interest are valvular, so heart disease where there is a leaky valve in the mitral valve between the left upper and left chamber. If individuals have too many risk factors and may not survive surgery, we can perform a procedure where we clip the leaflets of the valve and decrease the leakage, so we don't have to necessarily operate on those individuals.