Percutaneous coronary intervention
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a non-surgical procedure used to treat narrowing (stenosis) of the coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary artery disease. After accessing the blood stream through the femoral or radial artery, the procedure uses coronary catheterization to visualize the blood vessels on X-ray imaging. After this, an interventional cardiologist can perform a coronary angioplasty, using a balloon catheter in which a deflated balloon is advanced into the obstructed artery and inflated to relieve the narrowing; certain devices such as stents can be deployed to keep the blood vessel open.
Benefits Of Percutaneous coronary intervention
- Improved blood flow without open heart surgery
- Reduce Angina
- It may improve breathing if narrowed arteries are causing shortness of breath
- Lower risk of a heart attack
Are you PCI Candidate?
If you have severe narrowing of any of your peripheral arteries and the blockage is causing a problem. For example, a blockage can occur in your leg arteries producing pain in your legs when you walk, it could be in the arteries that supply blood to your brain making you at risk for stroke, or they could be in your kidney arteries causing severe hypertension.