Interventional Cardiology Board Review Questions

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Interventional Cardiology Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Vascular Biology
  • Radiation Safety, Equipment, and Basic Concepts
  • Inflammation and Arterial Injury
  • Antiplatelet, Antithrombotic, and Thrombolytic Agents
  • Pharmacogenomics and Drug Monitoring
  • Antiarrhythmics, Sedatives, and Lipid-lowering Agents
  • Inotropes, Vasopressors, and Vasodilators
  • Guide Catheter Selection for Coronary Intervention
  • Intravascular Contrast Agents
  • Elective Coronary Intervention
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Primary, Rescue, and Facilitated Angioplasty
  • Periprocedural Myocardial Infarction, Emboli Protection, and Mechanical Thrombectomy
  • Chronic Total Occlusions
  • Ostial and Bifurcation Lesions
  • Long Lesions and Diffuse Disease
  • Restenosis and Percutaneous Options
  • Atherectomy, Rotablation, and Laser
  • Stents and Stent Thrombosis
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Drug-eluting Stents and Local Drug Delivery for the Prevention of Restenosis
  • Percutaneous Interventions in Aortocoronary Saphenous Vein Grafts
  • Closure Devices
  • Management of Intraprocedural and Postprocedural Complications
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Angiography
  • Interventional Doppler and Pressure Monitoring
  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Approach to the Patient with Hemodynamic Compromise
  • Peripheral Interventional Procedures
  • Cerebrovascular Interventions
  • Percutaneous Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Patent Foramen Ovale and Atrial Septal Defect
  • Percutaneous Balloon Pericardiotomy for Patients with Pericardial Effusion and Tamponade
  • Percutaneous Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic Stable Angina: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines
  • Practice Guidelines in Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: ACC/AHA/SCAI Guidelines
  • ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: ACC/AHA Guidelines
  • Ethical Issues and Risks Associated with Catheterization and Interventional Procedures
  • Statistics Related to Interventional Cardiology Procedures
  • Approach to Interventional Boards and Test-Taking Strategies

Information about the ABIM Interventional Cardiology Certification Exam

What is covered on the ABIM Interventional Cardiology Certification Exam?

According to the ABIM Interventional Cardiology Certification Exam Blueprint, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Case Selection and Management 20%
  • Procedural Techniques 20%
  • Complications of Coronary Intervention 8%
  • Catheter-Based Management of Noncoronary Disease 13%
  • Basic Science 6%
  • Anatomy, Anatomic variants, Anatomic pathology 6%
  • Pharmacology 12%
  • Cardiac Imaging and Assessment 9%
  • Miscellaneous 6%

This BoardVitals question bank adheres to the content outlined in the ABIM Blueprint.

What is the format of the ABIM Interventional Cardiology Certification Exam?

The Interventional Cardiology Certification exam is comprised of up to 220 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in single-best-answer format. This is a single day exam that lasts approximately 10 hours and is divided into several sessions.

In 2016, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Interventional Cardiology Certification Exam was 90%.