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.
Cholesterol Lowering Medications Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs to function normally. If a person has too much cholesterol in their bloodstream, it can lead to heart disease. Cholesterol lowering medications include statins (Lipitor, Lescol, Mevacor, Altocor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Crestor), bile acid sequestrants (Questran, Colestid, WelChol), nicotinic acid agents (niacin, Niacor, Slo-Niacin), and fibrates (Lopid, Tricor). Side effects, drug interactions, and warnings and precautions should be reviewed prior to taking these medications.