Heart & Vascular Center

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology at Yale-New Haven Heart and Vascular Center is among the safest and most critically responsive in the country. Our interventional cardiologists perform nearly 11,000 procedures each year in our cardiac catheterization laboratories, including angioplasties and outpatient procedures, such as diagnostic catheterization. Our diagnostic and interventional laboratories utilize state-of-the-art digital equipment to acquire and process images, as well as the most current medical devices and technologies to treat cardiovascular conditions.

Interventional Cardiology

Saving time, saving lives

At Yale-New Haven Hospital, rapid time-to-treatment is a priority. Yale-New Haven's median D2B time is 58 minutes, significantly shorter than the American Heart Association's recommended standard of 90 minutes.

With a heart attack, time is everything. In fact your chances of survival are dramatically increased if the blockage can be treated within 90 minutes of your arrival at the hospital. Known as the door-to-balloon time (D2B), it is a performance of the time between patient entrance in the emergency department and when angioplasty is performed.

At Yale-New Haven, patients admitted with chest pain have a diagnostic EKG on average within six minutes of arrival and flow restored to the heart with angioplasty and stenting of the heart artery blockage within 68 minutes, when necessary. And our advancements with EMT professionals are helping to make these times even shorter.

Our busy program and interventionalists have long been engaged in leading edge innovations, including the development and first intracoronary stent placement in New England, early development and utilization of atherectomy devices, novel gene and cell based therapies to attempt to "grow" new heart tissue and blood vessels, and technique and technology development for the successful treatment of chronically blocked arteries.


Our interventional cardiovascular team performs all interventional cardiac and vascular procedures, including:

  • Antegrade, retrograde and device-based approaches
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Intracoronary/intravascular stenting
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Rotational, directional, excisional, and laser atherectomy
  • Valvuloplasty and catheter-based management of heart valve diseases
  • Hemodynamic support
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)/Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) closure
  • Peripheral Vascular Interventions (blood vessel blockages and disorders outside the heart)
  • Chronic Total Occlusion (chronic 100% blockage) interventions
  • Intravascular Pressure and Flow measurements
  • Blood clot evacuation and removal
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Transradial (from the wrist) diagnostic catheterization and intervention