How to Avoid Potential Complications from PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—and Protected PCI™ are nonsurgical procedures for people with blocked coronary arteries. The purpose of both procedures is to open up narrowed arteries and improve blood flow to the heart. PCI is recommended for people who otherwise have a healthy heart. Protected PCI is recommended for patients with stable blood flow and […]

Tips for Recovering from PCI and Surgery

Before and after PCI and surgery there are procedures that doctors follow. The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society is studying ways to help people recover more quickly. A study reported by CommonHealth indicated that doctors whose patients follow the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery guidelines have a 90% decrease in heart-related complications and 66% fewer infections […]

Fish Oil Protects the Heart After PCI

Percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI is a procedure that opens narrowed or blocked arteries. Some patients with severe coronary artery disease and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction may be candidates for Protected PCI, a PCI procedure using a miniature heart pump called the Impella 2.5. A study found that people who were given omega-3 fatty […]

Blood Thinners After PCI Procedures

After his PCI procedure, Mr. Gomez learned he had to continue his blood thinner medication. He doesn’t understand why and wants to know what blood thinners do and how they work in the body. Let’s explain: Percutaneous coronary intervention—or PCI—is a procedure that opens narrowed coronary arteries and improves blood flow to the heart.  The […]

Are Protected PCI™ Procedures Minimally Invasive?

Minimally invasive procedures are defined as medical procedures that use small incisions and cause minimal damage to body tissue by both the American Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Random House Dictionary.

Differences between the Impella Heart Pump and the Intra Aortic Balloon Pump

Mr. Gonzalez recently learned he had three clogged arteries and a low ejection fraction. His cardiologist recommended a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure using either the Impella 2.5™ heart pump or the Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP). He is interested in learning about both devices and recent research on their use—here is some helpful information […]

How is Heart Disease Diagnosed? Learning about the Pumping Capacity of the Heart

One of the biggest questions we hear is “how is heart disease diagnosed?” It helps to start at the beginning. The heart is a muscle that provides the force needed to move blood around your entire body and return back to the heart. The standard measure of how well each side of your heart pumps […]

PCI vs. Protected PCI: What is the Difference and Which One is Right for Me?

First Visit Mr. Marx failed pre-operative screening for his gall bladder operation and was referred to a cardiologist for additional testing. He learned he had 3 blocked coronary arteries, which are blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood. The cardiologist suggested he might be a candidate for percutaneous coronary intervention. The doctor explained […]

What To Expect Before, During, and After a Protected PCI Procedure?

Mr. Gonzalez is scheduled to undergo a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure. He asked his doctor to explain what will happen during and after the procedure. He was given the following explanation: The Protected PCI procedure is performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory (cardiac cath lab), which contains the computerized X-ray equipment needed to perform […]