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.
Heart Attack A heart attack is an interruption in blood flow to the heart muscle. Arterial plaque rupture is often the cause of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack may include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea. Emergency heart catheterization and thrombolytic therapy may be used to treat a heart attack.