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 Gleneagles Hospital?

Established in Singapore for more than 60 years, Gleneagles Hospital offers an international standard of care augmented by comprehensive diagnostic facilities and treatment modalities. Our clinical team taps on their skills and expertise to provide patient-centric care to help you regain your lifestyle in no time.

Our cardiologists

Our team of heart specialists is adept at performing minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries to treat our heart patients and restore them to the pink of health.

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