Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

What is a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

Also known as coronary angioplasty, PCI is a non-surgical procedure that:

  • Corrects clogged arteries and plaque build-up
  • Improve blood flow to the heart

The procedure is similar to 'regular' balloon angioplasty, or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).

During a PCI, your doctor will insert a small balloon catheter into your blocked artery and inflate it to widen the artery. A stent or small wire mesh is usually inserted to keep the artery from narrowing after the balloon is removed.

Why do you need PCI?

PCI is performed to open coronary arteries that are narrowed or blocked by the build-up of atherosclerotic plaque.

By restoring blood flow, PCI improves symptoms of blocked arteries, such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Besides relieving symptoms of coronary heart disease, it also reduces heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we have built a reputation for quality cardiovascular care and treatment in Singapore and the region.

Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are skilled in performing minimally invasive procedure like percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Together, our dedicated team of specialty nurses and cardiac rehabilitation therapists will provide the care and focus you deserve.

Our cardiologists

Our team of heart specialists have the relevant experience and skill in performing robotic-assisted surgeries using sophisticated medical technologies to restore our heart patients to good health.

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