Preface of book: “This book is intended as a practical guide for the interventional treatment of congenital, valvular, and structural heart disease for invasive cardiologists in the pediatric and adult fields.
You will appreciate that this second edition gives us the opportunity to report consolidated results and increase the bibliography of established interventional procedures.
In keeping with the explosion of structural interventions in adults and the huge increase in transcatheter aortic valve replacement we have recruited many new authors who are pioneers and leaders in those fields.
We have also encouraged younger interventionists who we feel write well and who will become leaders in the future. We have also expanded the concept of the importance of imaging alongside the technical details of equipment and its safe and effective delivery.
Where possible we have tried to emphasize practical aspects of the procedures, including the important issues of indications and patient selection, potential pitfalls, and complications.
Greater understanding, technical knowhow, and wider availability of catheters, balloons, delivery systems, and devices have spread intervention into the realm of acquired valve disease, degenerative disease of the aorta, paravalve leakage, postinfarction ventricular septal defects, and closure of the left atrial appendage.”