percutaneous coronary intervention

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(PCI) treatment of coronary artery disease delivered by cardiac catheterization. This usually means coronary angioplasty followed by insertion of a coronary stent, but also includes more specialized procedures, such as rotational atherectomy (rotablation). Primary PCI is the initial reperfusion treatment: the use of coronary stents rather than thrombolysis as the first-line treatment for myocardial infarction to relieve coronary obstruction caused by thrombosis. Rescue PCI is used in the event of unsuccessful thrombolysis.

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