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Going Inside the Heart — Without Cutting You Open

Interventional cardiology means performing minimally invasive procedures on the heart without having to open the chest — things like replacing a heart valve or inserting a stent. Leaders in this area of medicine recently met in Washington, D.C. to talk about the latest advances in the field at a conference called the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaInterventional cardiology Dr. Prakash Balan, a physician specializing in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography and interventional cardiology. (Image Courtesy: Memorial Hermann)means performing minimally invasive procedures on the heart without having to open the chest — things like replacing a heart valve or inserting a stent.

Leaders in this area of medicine recently met in Washington, D.C. to talk about the latest advances in the field at a conference called the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT).

Houston’s Dr. Prakash Balan was among them. He tells Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps about the cutting-edge technologies in his field, what he learned at the TCT and if he’s a man who practices what he preaches.

(At Right: Dr. Prakash Balan, a physician specializing in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography and interventional cardiology. Image Courtesy: Memorial Hermann)

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