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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) - stents

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) (also known as angioplasty or stenting) uses the same technique as angiography and is sometimes carried out at the same time. It is a treatment used to overcome narrowing of the heart arteries.

A fine wire is inserted down the narrow artery and a balloon is inflated in the narrowing. A metal stent (scaffold) is then inserted to keep the artery open. This procedure is commonly used for the emergency treatment of a heart attack.

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