Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 11, 2016
  • Author: George A Stouffer, III, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

When are distal embolic protection devices used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

For which coronary conditions is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indicated?

What are the contraindications for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

When is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indicated in patients with stable angina?

When is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indicated in patients with STEMI?

When is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indicated in patients with NSTE-ACS?

What are the features of balloon catheters used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What are the features of the atherectomy devices used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What are the features of the intracoronary stents used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

When is thrombus aspiration performed in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

When are intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) indicated in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of intracoronary pressure wires in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is included in antithrombotic therapy for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is included in antiplatelet therapy for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is included in glycoprotein inhibitor therapy for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

How has the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) evolved?

When is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) indicated?

What are the clinical contraindications for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What are possible anatomic contraindications for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

When should percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) be considered as an alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)?

What is the role of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in asymptomatic coronary disease?

What outcomes have been reported for same-day discharge after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

How do the outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compare to those of medical therapy for treatment of stable angina?

How do the outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compare to those of surgical revascularization for treatment of stable angina?

What outcomes have been reported for the use of bare-metal stents (BMS) in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What outcomes have been reported for the use of drug-eluting stents (DESs) in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What outcomes have been reported for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to treat CAD in patients with comorbid diabetes?

What are the strategies for use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to treat NSTE-ACS?

What is the efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the treatment of NSTE-ACS?

What are the ACCF/AHA guidelines for use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the treatment of NSTE-ACS?

What are the strategies for use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to treat STEMI?

What is the efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the treatment of STEMI?

What are the ACCF/AHA guidelines for use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the treatment of STEMI?

How does intracoronary abciximab administration affect the outcome of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the treatment of STEMI?

What is the efficacy of drug-eluting stents (DESs) and bare-metal stents (BMSs) used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the treatment of STEMI?

What is the prevalence of no-reflow following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the treatment of STEMI and how does it affect outcomes?

Periprocedural Care

What are the different types of devices used to perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of balloon catheters in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of atherectomy devices in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of intracoronary stents in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of thrombectomy in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of distal embolic protection devices in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of vascular closure devices in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is included in preoperative care prior to performing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

How is anesthesia administered for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP)-guided hydration in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

Technique

What are the routes of access used in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What are the guidelines on access route selection for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

How is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performed?

When is the access sheath removed following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) in the anatomic assessment for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the anatomic assessment for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of fractional flow reserve (FFR) monitoring during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of antithrombotic therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of antiplatelet therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the role of glycoprotein inhibitor therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What are the possible complications of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

What is the prevalence of restenosis following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and how is it treated?

What is the prevalence of stent thrombosis following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and how is it treated?

Medications

Which medications in the drug class Antiplatelet Agents, Cardiovascular are used in the treatment of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)?

Which medications in the drug class Anticoagulants, Hematologic are used in the treatment of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)?