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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) for Coronary Artery Disease and Peripheral Vascular Disease
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
is a non-surgical procedure used to open narrowed or blocked arteries. While PCI is used as a treatment for acute heart attack, it can also be used to reduce or relieve angina, alleviate congestive heart failure, or as a measure to prevent future heart attacks. PCI may allow some patients to avoid open-heart surgery – such as coronary artery bypass – which involves extensive surgery and a long rehabilitation time.
During PCI, a catheter is inserted into an artery through the groin or arm. The tip of the catheter will have one of several different devices such as a balloon, cutting device, or stent, depending on the patient’s needs. The catheter is advanced inside the artery and guided to the area that is narrowed or blocked using an X-ray camera and special dyes. The device is then used to open the artery and restore blood flow.
This 8 chapter guide provides a general overview of the heart, circulatory system, and diseases of the arteries with in-depth information about Angioplasty, Stent Implantation, and Atherectomy.
Information presented in this Patient Healthcare Guide is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease, and should not be used in place of a visit to your doctor or healthcare provider. Discuss this information with your physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you.