Restoring Blood Flow through Angioplasty
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a powerful procedure that can restore blood flow without requiring traditional surgery. The treatment is so advanced it’s only available at credentialed heart facilities like Lexington Medical Center.
What to Expect
Angioplasty is a procedure that restores blood flow. A cardiologist uses a thin, flexible catheter — like a tube — to snake through the artery to the blocked area. The tip of the catheter has a balloon that, when inflated, compresses the plaque against the artery wall.
Some arteries are at risk of closing again so your physician may decide place a stent — a thin, mesh tube — to support the artery walls. Whether you have angioplasty or angioplasty with a stent, you can expect to be in the hospital for monitoring from as little as a few hours to staying overnight.
What is PCI?
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) includes non-invasive procedures that create a bigger opening in a blood vessel to increase blood flow.
Choosing the Right PCI
These factors help doctors choose the ideal treatment for the best outcome:
- How large or small are your blood vessels?
- Where is the blockage located?
- What type of blockage is it?
- Has the artery been treated in the past?