Coronary Stent Insertion PCI

A stent is a corrugated metal tube used to open narrowed heart arteries to improve blood flow and reduce anginal (chest pain) symptoms.

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What is Coronary Stent Insertion (PCI)?

You will undergo a coronary angiogram in the usual fashion usually through the wrist artery under local anaesthetic. A wire will be passed through the heart artery and narrowing, a balloon used to expand the artery which then allows a stent to be implanted and relieve the narrowing.

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Why would you need Coronary Stent Insertion (PCI)?

This will generally be required if you experience angina (chest pain) due to narrowing of 1 or more heart arteries. Alternatively, you may have had a heart attack due to a temporary blockage of 1 or more heart arteries. Treatment with a stent is frequently required such situations.

Frequently asked questions

In most cases implantation of 1 or more coronary (heart) artery stents can take between 20-60 minutes.

In general, the risks associated with stent implantation include heart attack, stroke, bleeding, kidney failure, death. These major complications rarely occur. Dr Shand will explain all these risks when he takes you through the informed consent process.

The stent is a permanent implantation into your heart artery. Over time, there is a very small chance that the stent re-narrows resulting in further symptoms. However, if symptoms recur it is often because of the development or progression of other narrowing in other areas of the heart arteries not previously treated. In either case, further treatment with stents or alternative treatment strategies may be indicated.

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