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Guidelines for Training & Maintenance of Competency

Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty of adult cardiology dedicated to the use and application of imaging-based diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive modalities for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Currently, interventional cardiologists must demonstrate expert knowledge of cardiac imaging, along with cardiovascular anatomy and the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. In addition, they must possess the technical skills required for the practice of interventional cardiology and be knowledgeable about new antiplatelet and antithrombotic drugs mandated for optimal patient care. The 2010 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiologists Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competency in Adult Interventional Cardiology are the first such guidelines to be published in Canada. These guidelines should allow for more-fluid provision of high-quality interventional cardiology education, along with less geographic variation, resulting in more widespread high-level services to the population.