Vascular intervention is clearly becoming a larger part of the interventional cardiologist’s patient care and procedural portfolio. This is a trend that will likely continue in the United States as well as abroad.
More so than other areas of interventional cardiology, vascular intervention allows us to bring together many different specialties by using the important contributions and skillsets of cardiologists, vascular surgeons, vascular medicine specialists, interventional radiologists, neurologists, neurointerventionalists and other related experts. In certain practices within the United States and other parts of the world, there still are turf wars going on with respect to who will perform these vascular procedures, but informed practices have realized that anyone who has the interest and the appropriate skill set should work in a collaborative fashion in this multidisciplinary area of vascular intervention. We are seeing the shift in the evolution of intervention at the scientific meetings as well. It is especially notable that at this year’s exciting TCT conference several studies and sessions on vascular intervention are being presented and there is a strong focus on noncardiac intervention.
Along those lines, in this issue of Cardiology Today’s Intervention, we are fortunate to have some of the leading experts in the field provide their opinions and commentary on what is new in vascular intervention and where the field may be going. We are lucky to have gained various perspectives from these knowledgeable physicians, and hopefully the viewpoints they provide will help our readers in their own thinking of how they may want to expand their vascular practices. Read more in "The Future of Vascular Intervention."
This issue will be the first of many articles in a new, expanded editorial focus in Cardiology Today’s Intervention that continue to emphasize the importance of vascular intervention. Included will be many topics under the broad umbrella of vascular intervention, such as acute stroke care, venous disease, aneurysmal disease and peripheral arterial intervention. We welcome your comments and your contributions by emailing the editors at email@example.com.
– Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Editor
Cardiology Today’s Intervention