Interventional Cardiology Expert Witnesses
The expertise you need for legal cases involving cardiological treatment
Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that deals with diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases using minimally invasive procedures. Specialists in this field, called interventional cardiologists, use various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat cardiovascular conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, and peripheral vascular disease.
Interventional cardiologists in the United States must complete a three-year residency in internal medicine followed by a three-year fellowship in interventional cardiology. Board Certification in interventional cardiology is handled by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Some common interventional cardiology procedures include cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), stenting, balloon angioplasty, and atherectomy. These procedures are performed using thin, flexible tubes called catheters that are inserted through small incisions in the skin, allowing the interventional cardiologist to access the heart and blood vessels without the need for open-heart surgery.
Additional procedures performed by interventional cardiologists include:
- Valvuloplasty (dilation of narrowed cardiac valves)
- Percutaneous valve replacement (an alternative to open heart surgery)
- Coronary thrombectomy (removal of a blood clot)
- Cardiac ablation (a technique used to treat arrhythmias)
- Congenital heart defect correction
The role of an interventional cardiologist as an expert witness
Interventional cardiologists can provide expert testimony regarding treatment for cardiovascular conditions and the long-term consequences of a cardiovascular injury. Since many types of accidents involve blows to the chest that can damage the heart, such testimony can play a significant role in determining the plaintiff’s damages.
In addition, in cases involving interventional cardiology malpractice, a Board-Certified interventional cardiologist can explain the standards of care and offer a professional opinion on whether the standard of care was met or breached. An interventional cardiologist can also explain whether the patient’s heart injuries or complications resulted from medical malpractice or a pre-existing cardiac condition.
Contact us today to find your medical expert
Legal matters involving cardiac injuries and heart disease can be high-stakes cases. Having the right medical expertise can make a dramatic difference. Rieback Medical-Legal Consultants has access to highly qualified, Board-Certified interventional cardiologists who are prepared to offer objective testimony on cardiac conditions and treatment. Contact us today for a free case summary review.