Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the name for procedures that are used to open a narrowed or blocked coronary artery. The two most common PCI procedures are coronary angioplasty and coronary stent placement.
Your groin or arm may have a bruise and feel sore for a day or two after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). You can do light activities around the house, but nothing strenuous for several days.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: January 17, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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