Where a narrowing is identified in a coronary artery during a coronary angiogram, the cardiologist may treat the lesion using a stent (fine mesh tube). This is known as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), which means ways of opening narrowings in coronary arteries using fine tubes called catheters introduced from the wrist or groin.
Narrowings are treated with balloons and stents that reduce the chance of renarrowing. PCI is also known as angioplasty or stenting.
Before and After Stenting
The first image shows a narrowing (arrow) in the Left Coronary Artery (LCA) which supplies blood to the left side of the heart. The second image shows the disease area treated with a bioresorbable stent restoring the blood supply to the heart.
Coronary angiograms and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) will be carried out in an angiography suite (“catheter lab”) at Intra Epsom or Intra North Shore. Your cardiologist will be assisted by a team of professional nurses and highly skilled medical personnel.