"I've worked in the healthcare industry for some 45 years, and I've worked with hundreds of physicians and several dozen cardiologists during that span of time. Dr. Taylor is my favorite for many reasons, but mostly because he is truly genuine in his approach to practicing medicine and a very kind soul that knows how to really enjoy what he does and the people his life touches. We've disagreed on one matter, and as it turns out, Dr. Taylor was absolutely correct in the matter. Whatever, he welcomed me back and was very gentle in his approach to telling me, "I told you so, but I knew you would be back." If you need stents and a lot of laughs, he's the guy to place your trust in. If you're mostly looking for a guy who will love on you with his wit and charm, Alan Taylor is your guy.
I truly love this guy and have a great deal of respect for him as a cardiologist and a human being. This just goes to show that even a blind hog can occasionally find an acorn. I hope to be with him until I either pass away or he retires. Then I would like to go on a hunting expedition with him or welcome him through the Pearly Gates when his work is done. He is a gentleman of the highest order."
Interventional cardiology is the treatment of heart disease without surgery, through the use of catheters. Primarily this is via a procedure called cardiac catheterization, where a long, thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is threaded through a vein or artery up towards the heart. The catheter can be used to inject dye for x-rays, open narrowed artery walls, widen heart valves, place stents, or perform other tests and procedures.
Cardiology is a large specialty, and covers many diseases and disorders of the heart as well as several different kinds of treatments. What makes interventional cardiologists special is their ability to use minimally invasive procedures to treat heart disease. Interventional cardiologists may treat coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease, where blood vessels become narrowed or blocked. They also may repair or replace damaged heart valves.
During a cardiac catheterization, the interventional cardiologist inserts the catheter into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin or arm. It is then threaded to the blocked artery or into the heart, where tiny tools can be passed through the tube. These tools are used to perform percutaneous coronary interventions, or procedures done to the heart and arteries via catheter. Procedures may include:
Angioplasty, or opening of blocked arteries, often via the inflation of a balloon
Atherectomy, the physical cutting away of plaque buildup
Stenting, the placement of metal springs to hold artery walls open
Heart valve repair or replacement
Closure of holes in the heart
That these procedures can be performed without the pain and recovery time of traditional surgery is truly amazing.