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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Side Effects and Warnings

Written by ColleenO.

If you are planning to have an angioplasty and stent, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Bleeding at the point of catheter insertion
  • Damage to the walls of arteries, causing you to need additional procedures or surgery
  • Heart attack or arrhythmia (abnormal heart beats)
  • Allergic reaction to x-ray dye
  • Blood clot formation
  • Infection

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Allergies to medicines, shellfish, or x-ray dye
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Age: 60 or older
  • Recent pneumonia
  • Recent heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease

Sometimes the procedure is not successful or the artery narrows again. You may require repeat angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).



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