Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Topic Guide
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): Percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI is a non-surgical method used to open narrowed or blocked arteries. Types of percutaneous coronary intervention include balloon angioplasty and drug-coated stents. Complications of percutaneous coronary intervention are rare and usually involve a blood clot if the artery tears at the balloon site, failure of PCI to work, or hematoma at the catheter entry site.
Angina Angina pectoris is a term to describe chest pain that occurs when the heart is not getting enough blood. There are two types of angina, stable (the most common) and unstable. Stable angina generally lasts less than five minutes and is relieved by nitroglycerin tablets. Angina may be caused by heart disease, coronary artery spasm, or other causes. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, family history, aging, and stimulant use. Treatment depends upon the source of angina.