what is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat blockages in the coronary arteries. It is also known as angioplasty or stenting. PCI is typically performed in our cathlab by one of our interventional cardiologists.
WHat happens during the procedure?
During the procedure, a catheter with a small balloon or stent is inserted into the blocked artery to widen it and improve blood flow. The balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the walls of the artery and create a larger opening for blood to flow through. In some cases, a stent may be used to help keep the artery open.
When is pci an effective treatment option?
PCI is an effective treatment option for patients with coronary artery disease, particularly those with acute coronary syndromes. Research has shown that PCI can improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart attack and other complications associated with coronary artery disease.