Coronary Angioplasty

A coronary angioplasty (also sometimes referred to as percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) is a surgical procedure that is used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. You doctor may refer you for this procedure if you have been diagnosed with angina.

Before your appointment

Please confirm your appointment as soon as you can after receiving your letter.

Follow any instructions given in the appointment letter regarding the taking/omitting of your medication.

You cannot eat or drink for several hours before your procedure. We will give you clear instructions in your letter.

During your appointment

Please arrive in plenty of time for your appointment. and bring with you a list of all your medication.

You will be asked to sign a consent form. In order to do this we will explain not only about the procedure but also mention some of the things that could go wrong. We stress that the important complications are very rare. Please feel free to ask any questions or raise any concerns that you have.

The procedure will be performed under local anaesthetic and is usually a day case procedure.

After your appointment

After the procedure you will then be taken back to the ward area and will need to continue to lie flat as directed by the nurses on the ward. The nurses will perform regular post procedure checks and will let you know when it is time to sit up.

You can eat and drink on return to the ward. It is important to drink plenty of water after this procedure to flush the X-ray dye through your system.

Prior to discharge you will be given your results and have explained any changes to your treatment. It is important to ask any questions you may have at this stage and about returning to work.

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