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 Parkway East Hospital?

Parkway East Hospital is the preferred private hospital for residents in the east of Singapore, as well as the wider community, for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.

Our devoted team of healthcare professionals, which includes skilled surgeons and caring nurses, are committed to helping our patients regain their health in a warm, supportive environment that feels like home.

Our cardiologists

Our heart specialists and nursing teams are dedicated to providing you with the comfort and care you need to recover. Let us manage your heart condition and customise a suitable treatment plan to help you regain your heart health safely and effectively.

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