Heart Attack Patients Given PCI
Within 90 Minutes of Arrival
The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen
through blood vessels. Sometimes blood
clots can block these blood vessels, and
the heart can't get enough oxygen.
This can cause a heart attack.
Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
(PCI) are procedures that are among the
most effective ways to open blocked
blood vessels and help prevent further
heart muscle damage. A PCI is
performed by a doctor to open the
blockage and increase blood flow in
blocked blood vessels. Improving
blood flow to your heart as quickly as
possible lessens the damage to your
heart muscle. It also can increase
your changes of surviving a heart
attack. There are three procedures
commonly described by the term PCI.
These procedures all involve a catheter
(a flexible tube) that is inserted,
often through your leg, and guided
through the blood vessels to the
blockage. The three procedures
Angioplasty - a
balloon is inflated to open the
Stenting - a
small wire tube called a stent is
placed in the blood vessel to hold
a blade or laser cuts through and
removes the blockage.