Complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI – stent implantation) usually refers to procedures of higher complexity or a procedure being undertaken in a patient at higher baseline risk for a complication – often both.
What is Complex PCI?
Typically, complex PCI will involve treatment of multiple heart arteries, chronically occluded (blocked) arteries and use advanced techniques to ensure optimal long term outcomes such as calcium modification and the use of intravascular imaging to optimise the stented artery. Alternatively due to co-existent medical conditions, a decision may have been made that surgical treatment (Coronary artery bypass grafting) is too high risk and that stent treatment offers a safer and equally effective option. Dr Shand has particular expertise in these situations and has built a wealth of experience in taking patients through this process.
Why would you need Complex PCI?
You will most likely have had an angiogram and your own Cardiologist or Dr Shand has decided based on your baseline health status, co-existing medical conditions and heart artery anatomy that complex PCI i.e. stent treatment is the best method to treat heart artery narrowing causing symptoms. Often these decisions are made in our multidisciplinary team environment to ensure that the best option is chosen for you based on consensus opinion.