Ambulatory Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI)
An ambulatory percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a same-day procedure that allows patients to receive effective cardiac catheterization treatment without the inconvenience of an overnight hospital stay. Mount Sinai Medical Center has been ahead of the curve in delivering ambulatory PCI, with our highly-skilled interventional cardiologists performing more than 2,000 same-day procedures in 2011.
A PCI, also known as an angioplasty, is a minimally-invasive procedure to open blocked arteries supplying blood to the heart. They involve threading a catheter fitted with a device (such as a stent, balloon, or grinding instrument) from a small incision in the groin or arm to the problem site in the heart, where it opens the blockage, restoring adequate blood flow. PCI's can be safely and effectively performed as same-day procedures if the blockage is uncomplicated.
Mount Sinai's ambulatory PCI service is increasingly focused on employing the "transradial" approach, which uses the wrist as an access site (as opposed to the groin, which can cause potential issues such as increased post-procedure bleeding and urination challenges). The decrease in complications associated with the transradial approach make same-day discharge more likely.
By offering leading-edge technology, advanced minimally invasive techniques, and a team of skilled interventional cardiologists, Mount Sinai is pleased to provide the best possible experience for patients coming to us for same-day PCI procedures.