Conventional Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Minimally invasive treatment
Your Heart Team may recommend percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for you.
PCI is a minimally invasive heart procedure that uses a small catheter to take pictures and deliver tools that are used to open or unblock arteries narrowed by plaque.
The catheter is inserted through a small incision in either the leg or wrist, to deliver the treatment. A PCI is performed by an interventional cardiologist specializing in minimally invasive heart procedures.
The most common type of PCI is angioplasty, during which a tiny balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the sides of the artery to help blood flow better. After angioplasty, a stent may be placed to keep the artery open.
PCI may not be available for everyone… but Protected PCI may be an option for you
If you have health risks such as diabetes, kidney disease, or anatomic issues with your heart, you may not qualify for a conventional PCI. However, a procedure called Protected PCI may be an option for some patients with these additional health risks. Learn more about Protected PCI.