Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Topic Guide

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) 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:

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.

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