Percutaneous Coronary Intervention PCI Stent
 
 

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI - Stent)

A percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI - Stent), also called an angioplasty ,opens blocked or obstructed coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. A stent --a small, metal mesh tube--expands inside a coronary artery and stops the artery from narrowing or closing. This type of angioplasty can be performed during or after a heart attack. It is also done to unblock or widen a coronary artery that puts an individual at risk for a heart attack caused by a prolonged blocked blood supply. This type of heart attack is called a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). This PCI-Stent procedure can also be done for persistent chest pain where medicines do not provide relief.

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