Coronary Angioplasty/ Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Coronary angioplasty involves guiding a tiny balloon via the radial artery in the wrist or femoral artery in the groin to the narrowed or blocked coronary artery. The balloon is inflated which opens the narrowed artery, restoring blood flow, by compressing the atheroma against the wall of the artery. A stent (small steel mesh tube) is then placed to keep the artery open.

This procedure is performed under sedation and local anaesthesia.

You will stay overnight and usually discharged home the next day. You will need to take aspirin and another anti platelet drug to prevent clotting after stenting. Do not stop your blood thinners unless advised by your cardiologist.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Stent | Eastern Heart Clinic (ehc.com.au)